Shiraz Blends

Tips for buying Shiraz blends

Shiraz has to be the ultimate classic Australian red wine. Shiraz is Australia’s most popularly planted variety and it is grown in virtually every region in Australia because of its adaptability. It grows well in moderate to cool areas as well as in the warm regions. The typical flavors of Shiraz consist of spice, pepper, and black and red fruit. Shiraz red wine makes beautiful blends, many of which are available at Liquor Mart. As New Zealand’s most reliable online liquor store, we have an array of Shiraz blends that consist of Geoff Merrill Jacko’s Shiraz, Deakin Estate Shiraz and classic brands such as De Bortoli and Geoff Merrill.
Common Shiraz blends
Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz wine has a punch that comes from fruit, which makes it one of the best grapes and matches for Cabernet Sauvignon. The balance that is created allows both grapes to shine which results in a Shiraz blend that is both sweet and bold. Cabernet Shiraz can also be referred to as Shiraz cabernet sauvignon or cabernet sauvignon Shiraz.
GSM
The GSM acronyms represent Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre or alternatively Grenache Shiraz Mataro’. This blended red wine mixture is trendy, particularly among young and savvy wine drinkers.
Shiraz Viognier
More and more wine makers are now using Viognier for their Shiraz blends. Viognier is a white grape that helps to add a little more polish to Shiraz red wine. The blended Shiraz acquires more sheen while the Viognier adds notes of apricot and floral hints to the bouquet.
Pairing suggestions for Shiraz blends
Shiraz red wine is perfect when combined with charred red meats. Shiraz blends also work with other types of meat; Cabernet Shiraz is also ideal for char-grilled sausages, barbecue steak or lamb. Shiraz Viognier is slightly less demanding and is perfect for cheesy pizzas. Blended Shiraz is also great for pairing with a range of charcuterie.
Notable regions for blended Shiraz
South Australia: this region produces some of the most notable blends of Shiraz in the world with most blends coming from the Barossa Valley.
Rhone- This area in France produces Syrah, which is what Shiraz is called in France.