Although they are spelled different, Shiraz and Syrah are primarily the same grapes. In California Shiraz is called Syrah, and in Australia, Shiraz is simply Shiraz.
Shiraz made a big boom in the later years of the 2000 decade. Australian Shiraz took the world by storm with its jammy notes of blackberries, hints of chocolate and scents of vanilla from American oak. Australian Shiraz differs from French or American Syrah in that it is much sweeter, with a touch of cinnamon or clove. American or French Syrah tends to be earthier, and gravitate towards cedar, wood smoke and black pepper aromas and flavours.
Shiraz can be priced low to super high. This is a wine that can be aged in oak and develop further through age. Typically you’ll find the higher priced Shiraz in Australia where the vines are incredibly old, particularity wines from the Barossa Valley. These wines have a cult following for their rich saturated fruit mixed with vanilla and espresso. Moderately priced Shiraz will still offer decadent jammy flavours, and spicy overtones.
When to open a bottle of Shiraz
Shiraz is amazing with barbecue as a lot of people pick up cedar and wood smoke aromas in the wine that flatter any steak you toss on the barbecue.
Basic versions of Shiraz are delicious for pizza, a perfect pairing for spending a rainy evening in, catching up on the last blockbuster with your significant other. I suggest using big glasses!
Common Scents/Flavours of Shiraz:
Boysenberry, Black Cherry, Blackberry, Cassis, Prune, Fennel, Black Plive, Fruit Cake, Violet, Tea Leaf, Mint, Menthol, Graphite, Charcoal, Truffle, Cinnamon, Clove, Chocolate, Cocoa, Smoke, Toast, Coffee, Peppercorn, Bacon, Soy, Leather
Notable Producers of Shiraz:
Shiraz Goes Great With:
- Peperoni Pizza
- Cheddar Cheese
- BBQ Steak