Syrah has found a second home in the Languedoc Roussillon having travelled there from its birthplace in the Rhone. Better known by its other name of Shiraz, this lovely Old World grape produces deeply flavoured, full bodied, fruity wines. However styles vary from big, bold and brazen on one side of the spectrum to mellow, fine tuned and rich on the other. This graceful Syrah is made by Vignobles Montagnac and is in the latter style being packed with subdued power and elegance.
Vignobles Montagnac lie not far from Montpellier, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Their vineyards stretch from the banks of Thau Lagoon to the foothills of the mountains on the right bank of the River Herault where the ancient river bed stones are similar to those of Chateauneuf du Pape.
The last two decades have seen a revolution in wine making here with ambitious and talented new blood entering the area who are keen to challenge the existing hierarchy. Vignobles Montagnac are innovative but also respect the time honoured traditions and the land. All of this makes the Herault a happy hunting ground for unearthing some undiscovered treasures.
Montagnac Syrah’s full flavours and structure make it a perfect wine to enjoy with food. Lovely with barbecued or chargrilled steak; olive – crusted lamb and pulled pork this Syrah is also good with sausages, spicy dishes and Asian cuisine using Szechuan Pepper, Chilli and Ginger.
Learn more about Syrah on Nick’s Blog: Saint or Sinner? How to pick a good Shiraz wine