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n. 1 A dark-skinned variety of grape, used to produce powerful red wines. 2 A wine produced from this variety of grape.


Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse blanche. Syrah should not be confused with Petite Sirah, a synonym for Durif, a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880.

The style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown with moderate climates (such as the northern Rhone Valley and parts of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington State) tending to produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and flavors of blackberry, mint and black pepper notes. In hot climates (such as Crete, and the Barossa Valley of Australia), Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Syrah allow the wines produced from the grape to have favorable aging potential.

Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at . It can be found throughout the globe from France to New World wine regions such as Chile, South Africa, the Hawke's Bay in New Zealand, California, Washington and in several Australian wine regions such as Barossa, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Margaret River and McLaren Vale.

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Lokath Carrel, Syrah Alanu, Vela Pernath and Princess Alena are carved into tombstones.

Breathing deeply, Syrah relaxed, realising she now had the upper hand.

Jareth, Syrah fell into step beside Lokath and he placed his arm around her shoulder for support.

Sighing, Syrah shuffled closer to the fire, wondering what the next day would bring.

Alena followed Syrah angrily to the sleeping area, and slumped beside the other girl.

While Syrah knew that it was not their fault, but who else was there to blame?

Jakra turned his head towards Syrah, the leer upon his face disgustingly evident.

However, they still concentrated their eyes on Syrah, never faltering.

Apart from her stained cheeks, Syrah Alanu was one of the most beautiful women she had ever seen before.

Alena ran to Syrah, whose eyes conveyed such terror that the princess had trouble looking at them.

Vela tried to attract Syrah, the closest one to her other than Catrin, whom she detested vehemently.

At this, she stormed away after Syrah, tugging Catrin along behind her.

As we know, Lokath was captured by Chailan mercenaries, and Syrah disappeared about a week after he did.

Probably, the last thing he saw was Syrah, making him remember her name and nothing else!

In the new kitchen he poured himself a glass of Syrah, sat down at a fashionable island topped with red granite slabs, and began to leaf through his mail.