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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Syrah/Shiraz

The Grape

Syrah is an ancient dark-skinned grape variety from the Rhone winemaking region in France where they have been using it to make wine since the times of the Greeks and Romans. It is now grown throughout the world. In fact, South Africa was the first country outside France to plant Syrah in the 1650s. It arrived in Australia at the end of the 18th Century and soon became the most widely planted grape in that country. Australians famously gave it the name Shiraz.

The Wines

Some of the darkest, most full-bodied and age-worthy wines in the world are made with Syrah. Syrah is most known for its bold, fruity flavours from currants, blackberries and sweet blueberries to savoury black olives. The fruit then tapers off and the wine finishes with its signature spicy peppery note. While Syrah makes outstanding single varietal wines, its dark colour and firm tannins make it a favourite grape to blend with varieties such as Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Occasions

A bold wine like Syrah pairs best with similarly bold foods. A big, juicy cheeseburger made with top sirloin and an artisan smoked cheddar is worthy of drinking with a fine Shiraz. A flavourful wine like Shiraz should be sipped at a slower pace to properly savour its aroma and taste. For the best taste experience, serve your Shiraz in a Bordeaux-style wine glass.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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Cru International
Syrah
California
D | M | F
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | F
California Syrah Style
Weeks 5
Varietal Syrah/Shiraz
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

shiraz California Syrah Style

Raspberries and peppery spice blend in harmony to create an elegant flavour with soft, balanced tannins and a lingering, smooth finish. This is a California wine at its best.

California Syrah StyleFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Try with teriyaki beef or Shanghai stirfry and cabbage.

Grand Cru
Shiraz
 
D | M | F
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | F
Shiraz Style
Weeks 4
Varietal Syrah/Shiraz
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

shiraz Shiraz Style

Well-balanced with lively aromas of black pepper, plums and toasted oak. A favourite dinner companion, the palate features chewy tannins that lead up to an elegant finish.

Food Pairings

Try with a meat lover's pizza or grilled steak.

Heritage Estates
Shiraz
 
D | M | F
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | F
Shiraz Style
Weeks 4
Varietal Syrah/Shiraz
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

shiraz Shiraz Style

A Shiraz style with fruity aromas of ripe raspberry with floral and spice nuances; dry and full-bodied with balanced acidity and soft tannins.

Food Pairings

Tastes great with barbequed meats or pizza.