Main definitions of Shiraz in US English:

: Shiraz1Shiraz2

Shiraz1

proper noun

  • A city in southwestern central Iran; population 1,227,331 (2006). The city is noted for the school of miniature painting based there between the 14th and 16th centuries, and for the manufacture of carpets.

Pronunciation

Shiraz

/SHiˈräz/

Main definitions of Shiraz in US English:

: Shiraz1Shiraz2

Shiraz2

noun

  • 1A variety of black wine grape.

    • ‘He got a yield of six tonnes from the Cabernet and Shiraz variety of wine grapes he cultivated on two acres.’
    • ‘Members will have the opportunity to taste these wines ‘blind’ and rate them to see if the French or the Australians are really producing the world's most delicious wines from Syrah / Shiraz.’
    • ‘For long Australia's premier red wine grape in terms of area planted, Shiraz is at long last respectable too.’
    • ‘Originally used in the production of robust fortified wine, varieties like Tinta Cao fell out of favour once the new wave, juicy Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon took over.’
    • ‘A little Viognier was co-fermented with Shiraz for added texture.’
    • ‘If so, then the Australians' name for the variety, Shiraz, is in fact the original.’
    • ‘At present, 13 hectares are planted to Chardonnay while the neighbouring property, Nooitgedacht, was purchased recently and planted with Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines.’
    • ‘Australia produces many types of red wine, but Shiraz is the most visible and widely planted red grape.’
    • ‘The grape which we and the French call Syrah is exactly the same grape as the renowned Australian Shiraz.’
    • ‘Hardy had his own vineyard with a variety of Madeira, Shiraz and Riesling.’
    • ‘This was a most complex wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, plus Merlot, Cabernet franc and Shiraz, and was decanted at the table, again with much ceremony.’
    • ‘Full throttle Shiraz and robust Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are inoculated with yeast and made into sparkling wines with unbelievable character and finesse.’
    • ‘This is a delightful wine, with a lively nose and taste, stemming from a brilliant blending of Cabernet, Xynomavro and Shiraz grapes, in excellent harmony.’
    • ‘The combination of Shiraz and Cabernet gives this minty, oaky wine more bite and tannin.’
    • ‘Most are made from Shiraz, though some (like this one) are Cabernet-Shiraz blends.’
    1. 1.1 A red wine made from the Shiraz grape.
      • ‘Fifteen wineries produce mainly Chardonnay, Sémillon, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon of relatively modest quality, relying almost entirely on the passing tourist trade.’
      • ‘Two of its prize-winning wines, the Semillon Chardonnay and the Shiraz Cabernet, have also come to town.’
      • ‘Hartenberg Chatillon and Weisser Riesling are always popular as is the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend.’
      • ‘A Californian Zinfandel or Australian Shiraz, or even a well-made sparkling wine, would be much more suitable.’
      • ‘Vintage Shiraz fruit flavours overwhelm the palate with layers of plum and bitter dark chocolate giving the wine a savoury richness.’
      • ‘But taken together they do underscore the importance of the US market for all that Shiraz and Chardonnay.’
      • ‘There is a big, juicy Shiraz and round, smoky, surprisingly complex Merlot; a blackcurranty but less eager, more sophisticated Cabernet.’
      • ‘It was a big gutsy red, one for those who like Cabernet or Shiraz but want a change.’
      • ‘In fact, some wine makers are concerned that the high end of the Syrah / Shiraz market may be in jeopardy because of the high caliber of the lower end wines.’
      • ‘Today he's grilling a tri-tip roast marinated in Shiraz; bell peppers dunked in the same sauce are sizzling alongside.’
      • ‘A full-bodied, but not over-the-top, Zinfandel or Shiraz works well with this fish.’
      • ‘Where would California be without Chardonnay or Australia without Shiraz?’
      • ‘At times, Victorian Shiraz can taste a little bit like Syrah from the northern Rhône.’
      • ‘So sweet fruited and forward is it, this wine is more Shiraz than Syrah.’
      • ‘Even a good bottle of Merlot or Shiraz, enjoyed today, can recreate history, in a sense.’
      • ‘Made from Shiraz and a dash of old vintage Aussie ports.’
      • ‘A big, juicy steak goes well with a big, juicy wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Shiraz, while a chicken dish is better with wine containing less tannin.’

Origin

From Shiraz, apparently an alteration of French syrah, influenced by the belief that the vine was brought from Iran by the Crusades.

Pronunciation

Shiraz

/SH(i)əˈräz/