And the downside? Well the wines are not the most complex and while there is some development with age the appeal here is really the wonderful fruit. After-all sometimes one just wants a damn good bottle of wine that one doesn’t have to think about to enjoy. And if that’s what you’re looking for: take a look Petite Sirah. Equally as pleasant on a dirty wet Irish day as at a BBQ!
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May 9, 2011
Petit Sirah aka Duriff, has toiled in anonymity for years. It’s a solid blending grape and has added punch and color to some of the most approachable bottles of bulk wine to come out of California and a fair few Aussies too. s. While Petite Sirah has had trouble gaining a following, we are lucky that a California has a pretty good amount of old vine beauties, much of them dry-farmed, head pruned relics of a day gone by, that wine makers are begining to create wines from using modern techniques.
A cross of Peloursin and Syrah, and named for its resemblance to the “petite” clone of Syrah, Petit Sirah is slowly establishing itself as a premium wine and earning a little of the respect it deserves. From the first varietally labeled bottle, Concannon’s 1961, to today’s broad range of producers, it’s been a long, slow journey.
In the hands of a good wine maker this wine offers wonderfully ripe, round fruit and has subtle black pepper spice and earthy notes. When young Petite Sirah has a rich yet chewy texture and a nice peppery note to the black berried fruit. In the mouth the wines almost always have wonderful acidity and tends to be a rich deep black red colour with ABV around coming at a surprising 13.5 to 14%. This results in a wonderfully drinkable yet fully flavoured wine, perfect for barbecues and grilling.