Syrah grape in Spanish wines seems the secret of success that is relaunching wine regions as Costers del Segre, Extremadura, Jumilla, Alicante, Madrid, Montsant, Catalonia, Castile and Leon VT, VT Mallorca, Manchuela, Alella, The Terrerazo, Valencia , La Mancha, Méntrida or Campo de Borja.
All these wine regions seemed to need a little spice up in order to step forward or to position a little better on the market, and the Syrah grape is helping no doubt to optimize results.
However, big leagues wines such as Rioja or Ribera del Duero, are not totally into it and they don’t dare using this combination except for some wineries. In Somontano and Priorat, especially in the second, we can find more examples that include Syrah, though not categorically.
This fact does not stop surprising since the inclusion of this grape variety in the composition of a wine seems the spring that propels its rise through the roof in tasters, experts and wine magazines rankings and also in shops where outnumbers other wines from the same region, and often beats them.
Good examples of it are some extraordinary wines that in many cases do not have the support that a Denomination of Origin lineage and pedigree could give to them. The next wines are some of them, but there is many more just waiting for us to uncork and enjoy: Maduresa 2006, from Valencia or Mirabel 2007 and Habla del Silencio 2010, both from Extremadura; and also Summa Varietales 2005, from Dominio de Valdepusa: there is no doubt that it matches up to Dominio de Valdepusa Syrah 2005 and for me t is even better than it by including Petit Verdot grape in its composition, which gets even more round with that touch which Cabernet Sauvignon grape gives to it.
Gotim Bru 2008 and Clos Martinet 2007, Priorat wine, along with Enate Syrah 2006, Somontano wine, have risked it adding this grape to their master recipes. Their daring have been positive since they have gotten a different result than we were used, gaining depth in view and structure in the tasting.
Spanish wines with Syrah grape combine it with Tempranillo, but also with Garnacha, Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Marcelan. Combinations with Mourvèdre, Malbec and Petit Verdot give a special touch to the wine, but those looking for something different cannot miss the wines made from Syrah and Carignan, Callet and Manto Negro.
Do you like Syrah wines? Don't miss these 2:
Alvaro Palacios, one the most important spanish winemakers, is the author of this wine
One special wine form Alicante, a coupage with Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon