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Shiraz

Shiraz

Shiraz

Shiraz or Syrah

One and the same, Shiraz and Syrah continue to be a crowd pleaser all over the world.

Shiraz has been made for centuries in Europe and at very much at home in the Rhone Valley where it is the major grape variety in wines such as Côte Rotie and Crozes Hermitage.

Popularity and the fact that it thrives in warm climates has led it to be grown in other countries where it has excelled and brought shiraz as we knew it to another level.

Shiraz

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.

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