After yesterday's review of Merlot, Diamine's Syrah had to be next. As the Merlot grape, Syrah/Shiraz based wine will come in a huge variation of colors, but I think the ink still gives a good impression of the wines. A fun ink.
It's quite red and far less subtle than the Merlot. That makes is harder to use in an office environment for note taking. For cards and letters to your red wine loving friends it's an excellent color. Merlot for the Merlot lovers, Syrah for the fans of Syrah. I often pick ink colors for the day based on mood and weather, now you can pick your color based on the meat too.
The ink feels a bit dryer and is a little less lubricated than what I'm used to from Diamine inks, but other than that the ink behaves really well. No feathering, nice shading, and hardly any show-through. Drying times little around 25 seconds which is pretty good. Water or fluids will immediately ruin your writings. With the poster nib, some green sheen can be seen.
Compared to the Diamine Merlot the Syrah is more red and saturated. A true red, Rouge Grenat (Herbin), is a lot lighter and brighter red. To my surprise, the Syrah is an even darker red than the Crimson red.
All in all, Diamine Syrah is a nice fun color to have to the side. Logical next step would be the shimmering Wine Divine....