The suspiciously cheap price of £3.37 from Asda, coupled with the fact I’d not tried a Syrah before made this too tempting to pass up.
I left it open for a while and tried to ignore my girlfriend’s comments so they didn’t prejudice me. This had a very light smell of synthetic strawberry (a bit like Hubba Bubba) and the slightest touch of chocolate. Surprisingly subtle compared to the powerful scents I’m used to with merlot.
Soft to the taste and very similar to the smell at first sip. Settling into it I felt it was strongly ‘creamy strawberry’; and much later on an apple note popped out too. Quite a bit of depth to my uneducated palate and surprisingly complex.
Wasn’t too tannic either-it had that drying action but not enough to make the back of your mouth curl up or your teeth go furry.
Reading up about this Syrah stuff, turns out I know it as Shiraz. Perhaps a whole new grape is opening itself up to me! Wikipedia (I know…) suggests that the choice of naming it either Syrah or Shiraz signifies a stylistic difference with the Shiraz supposedly being used for the ‘bolder’ New World flavours. I have no idea. I guess more ‘research’ is in order!
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