Chapter 11. Medium-Bodied Red Wines: Syrah (Shiraz), Zinfandel, and Other Red Grape Varieties. Chapter Objectives. Explain the differences and similarities between Syrah and Shiraz Discuss red wines that fall in the category of full- and medium-bodied
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Medium-Bodied Red Wines: Syrah (Shiraz), Zinfandel, and Other Red Grape Varieties
Explain the differences and similarities between Syrah and Shiraz
Discuss red wines that fall in the category of full- and medium-bodied
Describe the flavor and aroma profiles of Syrah and Shiraz
Describe the flavor and aroma profiles of Zinfandel wine and other red grapes
Explain the name and importance of Hermitage
Describe how White Zinfandel is produced from red grapes
Similarities: Both are made from same grape; usually packed with aroma and flavor.
Differences: Syrah is grown in Rhône region of France; Shiraz is grown in Australia and South Africa
Generally grown in warmer areas
Usually identified with one area
Black and White Pepper
Roasted Green Pepper
Sangiovese – Sour cherry, herbs, spices, rose, wood, licorice, smoke, tobacco
Nebbiolo – Bittersweet chocolate, rose, violet, prune, licorice, mint, eucalyptus, white truffle, and tar
Grenache – Pepper, raspberry, herb
Name comes from a former knight-turned-hermit who grew grapes in the Rhône Valley.
Usually 100% Syrah grapes, but must contain 85% minimumHermitage Wine
Simple! The grapes are crushed; the skins – which add color to the wine – are removed just after the crush.
The result is wine that is anywhere from clear to pink, and usually, the wine is a little sweet.