Celebrate shiraz, the world’s very first wine – the Royal Gazette


If you’re in Philadelphia, you might want to visit the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and see a 7,000-year-old pot.

Found in northern Iran in 1968, it was confirmed that its dark red spots were caused by wine all those years ago.

The region around the Persian city of Shiraz produced our world’s very first wine, and as we celebrate International Shiraz Day on July 22, let’s check out a few.

Call it syrah if you like, and I like to say that the difference is like that of a German Shepherd and an Alsatian, which is not. However, there is a tendency to designate the older grape like Syrah in cooler growing areas and Shiraz in warmer areas.

We go to the cool northern Rhône valley in France and taste 2017 Chapoutier Côte Roti Les Bécasses. DNA tests show that the Syrah that grows here is from France and not from the Persian version. Wa fan awards it 93/100 and says: “Layers of smoke and dark chocolate, leather and black olive blend harmoniously with the raspberry and blackberry flavors of this wine. While the fine, penetrating tannins give a tight feel, it’s a freshly balanced Syrah that’s already inviting. At the top now until 2027. This wine is produced using fully certified biodynamic methods. $ 72.65 (Item No. 9447).

From the same producer and the same year, we offer you 2017 Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes Hermitage who deserves that of The wine advocate: “Offers a basket of mellow and juicy blueberries, balanced by just enough sweet tannins to keep it flavorful and focused. Full-bodied and round on the palate, it ends silky and long. It looks like a beauty to drink over the next six to seven years. $ 30.50 (Article No. 9421).

Now we head to the warmer shiraz territory of South Australia and try 2019 Molly Dooker the Boxer. I quote Nic’s wine merchants who rate it 95/100 and write, “Inky black heart with a dark red / deep black tint.” Heady aromas of ripe black cherry, licorice and black plum escape the glass with subtly toasted notes of oak vanillin, fennel and spice that follow. Incredibly rich and sumptuous, the palate is thick and voluptuously textured, saturated with lush blackberries, licorice, black cherry and black plum that eclipse a background of toasted oak vanillin, fennel and spicy pepper. Magnificent power with velvety tannins and a long, decadent aftertaste.

Those who know Australian slang know that Mollydooker is a left-hander, as are the founders of the winery. $ 39.70 (Stock # 6096).

We head to South Africa for a brief stop and try their 2017 DeMorgenzon DMS Syrah with a deep purple core and a rich berry nose with lots of ripe red plum and hints of white pepper. There are some floral notes in the background including violets, lavender, and spring flowers. It is very full on the palate with layers of berries, pepper spices, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. $ 27.85 (Stock # 7187).

A wine with a similar price originates from Washington State and it is 2018 Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah that exploded into the wine industry in 2007, and this spicy Syrah has been one of Washington State’s signature wines ever since. It’s a tribute to Charles’ lost first love – a woman nicknamed Boom Boom O’Brien – and they say he’s one of the most daring Syrahs of all time. It’s no surprise that wine drinkers everywhere have fallen in love with it. A bottle is yours for $ 28.45. (Stock # 8055).

Going up the Silverado Trail that runs along the eastern edge of Napa Valley, we spot the two rocky outcrops, crossed by this legendary deer, and we know we are at the Shafer Family Winery. We are looking for a bottle of their named Syrah for their winemaker’s relentless pursuit of perfection.

Here’s what reviewer Jeb Dunnuck thinks about the 2016 Relentless Shafer: “I’ve always loved this team’s Relentless cuvée, which always comes from a single vineyard and is dominated by Syrah, with around 10 percent petite sirah in the blend. The 2016 Relentless is sensational. Dense purple in hue with a sweet bouquet of jammy blackberries, ground pepper, charcoal and some smoky, meaty notes, it’s a full-bodied, powerful, yet mellow and even elegant Syrah that does everything right. 96/100.

In 2012 Wine spectator placed the 2008 vintage at the first place of their Top 100 of the wines of the world. I still have a hidden bottle. $ 118.40 (Stock # 6820). You can now find the 2017 in our shops and it collected 98/100 from a tasting panel.

We end with one of the most iconic wines in the world, which was first produced in 1951 when Max Schubert, the winemaker from Penfolds in Australia, visited Bordeaux and decided to give their biggest some fierce competition. . In 2004, a bottle of this first vintage sold for AU $ 50,000.

We can currently offer you three vintages of Penfolds Grange and here are some reviews. Carafe rates the 2014 vintage at 100/100 and writes: “A perfect wine: extraordinary notes of chypre and warm earth and the powerful fruit follows. Phenomenal shiraz with 2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. $910.40 (article number 7200).

The 2015 also marks perfection with James Suckling commenting: “It’s a concentrate of concentration and complexity. Aromas of orange and lemon zest to start, then graphite, blackberry, plum paste, black cherry, unlimited sweet oak spices, fresh cedar, tar, mahogany, roasted coffee and chocolate – the list goes on. 100/100. $909.55 (Stock # 7199).

Australian reviewer Dan Murphy awards the 98/100 2016 and most major publications have yet to review this recently released year. $825 (article number 7224).

For the fourth Thursday I’m still trying to make up my mind – hard cheese like Gouda? BBQ ribs? roast lamb? But certainly syrah / shiraz.

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This 7,000-year-old bottle of wine found in northern Iran is on display at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

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