Shiraz is one of the most popular black grape varieties in the world. Also known as Syrah in Old World wine regions, it’s famed for producing high-quality Shiraz wine with rich dark fruits, chocolate and spice flavours.
Famous as a varietal wine – such as our delicious range of Shiraz wine blends – Shiraz blends beautifully with interesting grape varieties, including Grenache and Mourvèdre in France and Viognier in Australia.
Where is Shiraz grown?
Although the heritage of the Shiraz grape lies in France, it’s now grown all over the world. Northern Rhône in France is internationally recognised as the home of premium Syrah, while Australia tops the New World wine-producing countries list. Barossa Valley in South Australia holds the title for the oldest continuously-producing Shiraz vines – a Barossa Valley Shiraz should be at the top of everyone’s tasting list.
Other Australian regions known for their Shiraz vineyards include McLaren Vale and Hunter Valley.
You’ll also find the Shiraz grape in the USA and South Africa.
Shiraz wine style and character
Shiraz grapes produce full-bodied red wine with balanced acidity and high tannins − adding to the powerful complexity. The wines burst with rich black fruit aromas, giving them a fruity and jammy taste.
Our best Shiraz wines
Shiraz wines are fruitier than the Old World Syrah grape, but both are packed with savoury notes and spice. In cool climates, the Shiraz grape variety is earthier and makes wine with subtle hints of pepper. Warmer climates, such as Australia’s Barossa Valley, produce grapes that create rich red wine packed with dark fruit and spice.
Blackberry, cherry and plum flavours abound, while sweet notes of chocolate and raisins add subtle and delicate notes. Savoury undertones of herbs, liquorice and olives give some Shiraz wines a more rustic, earthy vibe.
Shiraz is the perfect accompaniment for steak and beef, especially if cooked on the grill (grilled vegetables are also great). Smoky flavours go hand in hand with the rustic aromas of Shiraz wines.
Roast lamb and fatty sausages are rich enough to handle the heaviness of Shiraz wines, while the acidity balances salty and blue cheeses like Gorgonzola and Grana Padano. Pasta lovers can also enjoy a glass if serving meaty pasta dishes and tomato-based sauces.
How to serve
Shiraz wines do not live up to their potential if served too cold. The optimal serving temperature is around 16-18°C, but avoid putting it in the fridge to chill. Leaving it in a cool, dark place should be enough.
Serve Shiraz wines in a large glass with a wide rim to allow the wine to aerate.