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A handful of days ago I wrote about a blind tasting of South African Syrah. These are the other Syrahs we tasted blind, alongside the South Africans. There was no logic to the options: it&#8217s just what we brought along. I was seriously impressed by all these wines: when Syrah is great, it&#8217s such an intriguing wide variety.

Sami Odi V7 NV Barossa, Australia
This is a solera-style wine from the Barossa blending with each other 4 vintages. Old vines, low yielding, early picked. This is sweet and ripe with sweet black cherry fruit with a hint of menthol and some structural components meshing seamlessly with the sweet fruit. 92/100

Domaine des Miquettes Saint-Joseph 2017 Northern Rhône, France
This is entire bunch fermentation (three week maceration) and then ageing in Spanish amphorae (tinajas). Intense, vivid black cherry fruit with beautiful freshness. Has great structure with supple fruit. Such beautiful structure right here. 95/100

Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz 2004 Beechworth, Victoria, Australia
Meaty and dense with spice and iodine notes as nicely as layered black fruits. Some fine cherry notes, also. Salty and multidimensional with ripeness but also purity. A beautiful wine. 95/100

Rouchier Saint-Joseph &#8216La Chave&#8217 2016 Northern Rhône, France
No added sulfites. Vibrant, vivid and peppery with sweet cherries and plums. Taut and really restrained with raspberry and cherry fruit but also a savoury, peppery structure and some tight, lowered notes. Such an intriguing wine. 93/100

Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne 2007 Northern Rhône, France
Savoury and a bit earthy, displaying a bit of age. Rather classic with some black pepper and supple cherry fruit. Medium bodied, displaying ripeness but also balance. Sleek, with good savouriness. 93/100

Piedrasassi Syrah 2009 Santa Barbara County, California
Meaty, spicy and earthy with dense structure beneath the sleek black fruits. Has created in intriguing techniques with good sweet fruit. 93/100

Luke Lambert Reserve Syrah 2007 Yarra Valley, Australia
This is Luke&#8217s initial vintage, from a smoke-impacted year, apparently, while this wine doesn&#8217t look to show it. Sweet, pure and with good green hints to the concentrated, fresh, raspberry, cherry and plum fruit. Supple with beautiful black fruit character. 94/100

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