As a general guide, the wines produced from this grape varietal in the cooler northern part of the Rhône Valley will present as quite medium-bodied in their style, with common flavours, including white pepper, soft dark fruits and berry, and a distinct minerality, being found.
The syrah-based wines hailing from the south of that region, however, where the climate is far warmer, are much more expressive and full-bodied in their nature, with stronger dark berry and fruit flavours being common.
This site offers more information on what to expect from Rhône Valley syrah, including some of the grapes storied history in this region.
Shiraz in Australia
Although Australia has only been growing shiraz grapes since the early 19th Century, it now sits behind only France in terms of global production.
When looking into Australian shiraz the two most important regions to consider include the Barossa Valley in South Australia and the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
Barossa Valley Shiraz
The warm climate Barossa Valley region in South Australia is responsible for producing some of the best examples of Australian shiraz available, including the world-renowned Penfolds Grange.