Shiraz / Syrah
Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is a red grape used in producing red wine and is not to be confused with the Petit Syrah. The style and flavour profile of wines made from Syrah are influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown with moderate climates tending to produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper. In hot climates, Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of licorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Syrah allow the wines produced to have favourable aging potential.
South African Syrah tends to be heavy in blackberry and plum, with a voluptuous full body and a good dose of tannin. Syrah loves dancing with bold foods that can stand up to their often-assertive personalities. BBQ'd steak, ribs, roasts, and game would all pair extremely well with a big South African Syrah.