"My first thoughts about a
dedicated glass for Syrah date from a visit I made to
the Guigal family in 1992", says Georg Riedel. "Until
that time we had always suggested our Burgundy glasses
as being best suited for Syrah. But faced with wines
of such magnificence I began to think that perhaps we
could find a superior alternative."
The Syrah variety was first planted
in the Northern Rhône region by the Romans. It
produces deeply pigmented, well-structured wines with
excellent ageing potential.
The glass was developed between
1993 and 1995 following tastings in the major
Syrah-growing regions, with many influential
winemakers kindly contributing their views. It is
shaped to deliver the classic Syrah aromas of toast
and black olives. On the palate, it brings out the
wine's silky, velvety structure and balanced flavours.
The tannins melt into the fruit, appearing sweet
rather than acerbic on the back palate.
Product description:Each piece features Riedel trademark, hand polished thin rim.
The crystal glass was developed between 1993 and 1995 following tastings in the major Syrah-growing regions, with many influential winemakers kindly contributing their views. It is shaped to deliver the classic Syrah aromas of toast and black olives. On the palate, it brings out the wine's silky, velvety structure and balanced flavors. The tannins melt into the fruit, appearing sweet rather than acerbic on the back palate. Recommended for: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache, Hermitage red, Mourvedre, Shiraz, Syrah.
"It takes a great deal of efforts for a talented wine-maker to produce a good wine. These efforts can be ruined in no time if the wine is not served properly. The quality of the glass plays a crucial role here and Riedel produces the largest range of high quality glasses, specifically fine-tuned to fit the predominant wine varietals of the planet. Riedel makes it possible to fully appreciate all the nuances of aromas and tastes from the best wines of the world." -Michel Bettane
The Riedel glass designs are based on the exceptional characteristics of each grape variety, which in turn determines the shape, size and rim diameter of the bowl. The latest machine blown technology, in conjunction with the seamless pulled stem, offers a special design feature "architecture", which creates an indent in the bottom of the bowl, reflecting the light and adding another dimension to the lively color of wine.
Shop an extensive collection of the Riedel wine decanters, and a few of them that are exclusively made for Crystal Classics, not available in any other store.
"I prefer to decant wines, both young and old. It is a sign of respect for old wines and a sign of confidence in young wines. Decanting old wines, just a few moments before they are served, helps to ensure that the wines' clarity and brilliance are not obscured by any deposit that may have developed over time. Decanting young wines several hours before they are served gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging." - Georg Riedel