It is a relatively fragile variety, vulnerable to certain pests. Its berries are medium-sized, with dark-skinned, ovoid grapes. They grow on medium-sized, elongated bunches, topped by long shoots.
It produces aromatic, well-coloured wines that can age for a long time. With age, the tannins soften and the wine becomes rounder, with a silky black fruit, spicy and oaky flavour.
Syrah varieties are also grown in many other countries (Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, California, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Australia), where they often take on a different name.