Ok quizzie time … what’s the difference between a Syrah and a Shiraz … insert Vanna White tune … Answer … Style. The grape is the same. Dark in color with a nice earth tone on the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich black berry notes not quite to the point of blueberry but close. There’s some noticeable oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some super soft tannins and acidity. This is definitely more of a fruit forward wine. Without food the peppery notes are noticeable. We paired it with home made Mac and cheese and even this over powered the finish. Probably a good pairing would be salmon. There’s definitely some noticeable oak and earth tones on the finish. I would give the wine an 88 or so. Not aweful but not outstanding either.
From the LCBO web site:
Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2013
Shiraz/Syrah — VINTAGES#: 949651
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Notes of olive, herbs, flowers, orange peel, gravel, meat, coffee and light barrel spices leap up on a wine that shows a lot of aromatic complexity. The fruit and savory flavors are plush and full in feel followed by a lingering finish. There’s a whole lot of wine delivered for this price. Best Buy. Score – 90. (Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016) $21.95