Olly Smith solves a riddle in the Daily Mail that has exercised the minds of many consumers for decades. Why are some reds called Syrah while others are Shiraz and they’re made from the same grape? Olly explains “Look at the label. Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape in different expressions: Shiraz tends to be fruity and boozy, Syrah offers more elegance and lower alcohol.”
But the real miracle is after tugging his forelock in the general direction of France, he comes to the Cape for two examples of elegant, low alcohol Syrahs.
“South Africa is another country to watch. Mullineux Syrah 2012 Swartland (13.5 per cent), £18.99 in Waitrose, is world class with impressively smokey complexity. For huge perfumed gorgeousness, grab Bellingham Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2012 (14 per cent) for £10.99 in Tesco.” Although if Olly thinks 14% is lower alcohol, he must be in the company of monsters.
Of course the wines he recommends in pictorial form hail from France, Chile and Australia. Let’s hope consumers read the text and don’t just look at the pictures.