Description of Shiraz wine
Shiraz is a deep color, heavy red wine with fruit flavor, from the Rhone Valley in France, usually served in a large glass at just under room temperature. It is a great white wine, but can be aged as well. It is widely planted grape in Australia and commonly known as an Australian grape, grown in the Barossa Valley, the McLaren Vale and Hunter Valley. There are vineyards of Shiraz in California, Oregon and Washington in the USA.
What is the taste of Shiraz wine?
The taste of Shiraz depends on the climate and the kind of barrel in which it was aged. Traditionally it is fruity wine with a hint of American oak flavor. As well it has notes of blackberries and plums. If grown in warmer climates Shiraz wines have chocolate or mocha notes. Winemakers experiment with different kinds of oak to produce different flavors.
More about Shiraz wine
Shiraz is often served with spicy and hearty foods, like Mexican dishes and beef. This type of grapes become popular only in the 20th century, when planted in Australia for the first time.