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What is Shiraz?
As the most widely planted grape variety in Australia and the most famous wine style internationally, Shiraz is Australia’s flagship wine variety.
More importantly, it’s also the most popular style among Australian wine drinkers, so while Paul Hogan was conning the Yanks that we were all throwing “shrimps on the barbie” and drinking Fosters, we were, in fact, cooking steaks, chops and bangers and pulling the cork on a great Aussie classic.
Shiraz vs Syrah
What you call it probably depends on where you’re from, but both wines come from the same grape. The reason for this is that when the Syrah grape first arrived in Australia, winemakers decided to put their own spin on things and give it a more Aussie sounding name.
Even though they are genetically the same grape, however, the two wines often vary in style, with the Aussie version being riper and fuller-bodied than its lighter and leaner European counterpart.
As a full-bodied dry red wine, Shiraz will taste best when it’s served at room temperature. Keep in mind, however, that room temperature really means 15˚C to 18˚C, so if it’s the height of summer or you’ve got the heating on, the wine may need to be chilled slightly before serving.
Food Matching Recommendations
Shiraz wines may vary in flavour from blackberry and blueberry to black olive, spicy pepper and clove along with hints of oak, which means it’s an excellent wine to pair with hearty dishes like steak and chips, barbequed meat and veg or roasted game.
If you’re looking to match it with a cheese platter, aim for cheeses that have strong flavours such as goat gouda, Abbaye de Belloc and Camembert.