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February/March 2015

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first press Australia certainly did not earn this significant compliment from Jancis Robinson by default. Syrah can and does grow well in almost every significant viticultural region in the Old and New World, so the Syrah grape certainly deserves part of this credit. Syrah is easy to cultivate, produces an average to above average crop and is naturally expressive of its terroir. It is a vigorous vine with a relatively short ripening period between veraison and harvest. It is also a vine that has the ability to produce interesting characteristics in a wide variety of climates. However, that is exactly Australia's secret: Australian winemakers have maximized the opportunity that all of these natural attributes of Syrah provide. DIVERSE Definitely Fellow Master Sommeliers and instructors at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone/ Napa, Tim Gaiser and Bob Bath taste through an abundant selection of Aussie Shiraz. { }  5 AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ EXPLORES THE POTENTIAL OF THE HISTORIC SYRAH GRAPE by Bob Bath, MS / photos by Alex Rubin "Of all Syrah's many homes outside of France, Australia is by far the most important . . . ." —Jancis Robinson

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