Definition - What does Shiraz mean?

Shiraz is a signature grape variety that is grown in Australia, also known as Syrah in Europe. The grape originates from the Rhone Valley in France and is considered as one of the great noble black grapes. They are primarily used for producing rich and fruity, full-bodied varietal red wines but are also excellent when blended with other grape varieties. The wines made from Shiraz tend to display aromas and flavors of dark fruits, pepper, mint and chocolate.

WineFrog explains Shiraz

The Shiraz grape was introduced to Australia in 1832, since then, it has become one of the most planted and the most celebrated grape varieties in Australia. The well known regions for the production of Shiraz in South Australia include McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Eden Valley and the most renowned being the Barossa Valley, known to be the home of the world's oldest Shiraz wines. This dark-skinned grape variety is used in creating some of the world’s finest, darkest and deepest red wines, which are known for their intense flavors and beautiful aromas.

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