The Shiraz grape varietal can produce some monumental red wines, complete with strong tannins and complex combinations of flavours, including blackberries, plums, black pepper and smokey notes.
It is commonly known as Syrah in France and other Old World countries and Shiraz mainly in Australia and South Africa.
The Syrah is one of the noble grapes of the Rhone valley, used predominantly in wines such as Crozes Hermitage.
The Shiraz is often referred to as Australia's spicy, big hitter, but the more subtle and complex varieties can be found in certain areas where the winemaker has looked for a wine with more finesse and character.
As far as food is concerned, the Shiraz never ceases to amaze when enjoyed with strong meats or mature cheeses. Often, It has so much flavour that it can actually be enjoyed on its own without any food; not bad, as they are usually 14% plus in volume, so go easy if you decide to go down this route!