While cycling in Morocco Alain Graillot spotted a site he deemed was perfect for elegant Syrah. At an altitude of 500m and sitting between Casablanca on the Atlantic Ocean and the Middle Atlas Mountains. The ocean breezes keep it cool, the soil is a mix is friendly to Syrah and the vines are 10-40 years old. Meticulous work in the organically tended vineyard gives great raw materials to work with. Full of dark cherries, leather and pepper. Graillot Syrocco is a savoury, elegant wine with wild herbs and dry spices, lovely acid and a soft structure. Compared to a Rhone is a lot softer and less dense but it is a stunning wine for drinking now with some Saint Felicien cheese. Give it some time to open up and develop though.
Alain Graillot, is responsible for the best Crozes Hermitage in the entire region. The thoughtful and well constructed wines reward those patient enough to let them blossom in the bottle.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.