Another of the famous French diaspora grapes that is grown in virtually every wine producing country, but whose ancestry is a mystery. It was either brought from Persia to France within the last 200 years or brought to the Mediterranean shores by the Phoenicians around 600 BC. On its own Syrah produces wines that are consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Syrah allows the wines produced from the grape to have favorable aging potential. Syrah is often blended with a variety of other Southern French grapes. When blended, it adds deep colour, black fruit, acidity and tannin which Grenache, for example, generally lacks.
The brainchild of Crozes Hermitage (Northern Rhone, France) superstar Alain Graillot, this wine is produced at the modern winery of Thalvin, not far from Casablanca, Morocco! The idea for Syrocco was born while Alain Graillot was vacationing in Morocco. Alain realized how the terroir of this region mirrored his vineyards in the Northern Rhone. A collaboration was born between Alain and the modern winery of Domaine Ouled Thaleb and the result was Syrocco.