CONTRIBUTION · 21st October 2010
The difference lies in the region the grapes to make the wine are grown. In 1832 James Busby brought the original vines from France. These vines were planted in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. By the 1840’s these vines were producing fruit. These vines were noted by Sir William MacArthur to be excellent producers. The spelling of the name of the varietal was Scyras.
There in lies the difference, the pronunciation difference between two languages. In France this varietal is bottled under the name Hermitage. Do not confuse this grape varietal with Petite Syrah. Petite Syrah is a varietal that is grown mostly in California.