WHERE: France - Rhone Valley, Mediterranean Blends
Australia - Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale.
Argentina - Mendoza
USA - Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma, Columbia Valley
Chile - Colchagua Valley, Maipo Valley
South Africa - Stellenbosch, Paarl
Italy - Tuscany, Sicily
WHAT: Origin is key to Shiraz.
Old World Shiraz is different to New World Shiraz.
It's one of the darkest reds around and depending where it comes from can be full bodied andhave a huge amount of tannins.
FLAVOURS/TASTE: Dark fruit flavours, pepper, spice, plum, blueberry, black olive, black tea, leather.
Old World Shiraz tend to have more acidity and earthy-herbaceous aromas.
New World-styled Syrah are usually more fruit forward with lots of spice and higher alcohol.
OTHER NAMES: Syrah, Sirac, Marsanne Noir, Entournerein, Serène,
FOOD PAIRINGS: Most Shiraz is Food wine (needing food to make it complete) however some of the more fruit forward New World wines are great on their own.
Big wines need big food and Shiraz is no exception.
NW (New World) Shiraz excels with Burgers, BBQ, Braised meat
OW (Old World) excel with roasts, game, stews, roasted vegetables in season, herbs - especially Herbs de Provence which are abundant in the Rhone Valley.