Shiraz, sometimes known as Syrah is a dark-skinned grape grown around the world to make red wine. The flavor profile of a Shiraz is strongly influenced by the climate in which the grapes are grown. In general, Shiraz is a medium- to full-bodied wine with a fairly high level of tannins in it, and notable regions for it are the Rhone Valley, California, South Africa, and Australia.
A Shiraz from a medium climate often contains high levels of tannins, with notes of blackberry, black pepper, or mint, while if it from a hotter climate (like Australia's Barossa Valley) it will have a consistent, full-bodied flavor with softer tannins, with a jammy fruit aroma. Shiraz ages very well, and some are only at their best after 15 years or longer in the bottle. Shiraz is among the wines with the highest recommended serving temperautres, and is considered to be most flavorful at 65°F.
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