One of my favourite grapes, I love it for its natural complexity. The Rhône valley is its birthplace, and from a bank to another the Shiraz will be feminine (Crozes Hermitage) to very spicy and full-bodied (St Joseph), maybe the most well-known appellation is Chateau Neuf du Pape with this perfect blend called GSM (Granacha, Mourvedre, Syrah) but the most prestigious is Côte-Rôtie within a small percentage of Viognier (white grape) is allowed. Syrah is a feminine common word in French, Shiraz is the international name.

Best places for wines made from Syrah:

France

Rhône

Best expression on its own on the northern valley with the appellation Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, St Joseph, Cornas.
Best wine makers (for me) Louis Cheze, Jean Luc Colombo, Laurent Combier
Price: £-££££

Australia

Barossa Valley, Mc Laren Vale, South Australia

Of course Barossa Valley! They also produce it in a sparkling version called Black Shiraz (quite expensive) worth a try with an English breakfast. Because of the Australian climate the wine can express iod aromas which are unique. Often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, and very often Rhône blended as GSM (Granacha, matao, Shiraz)
Price: ££-£££

South Africa

Stellenbosh, Western Cape

Full bodied Shiraz blended with Grenache and Mouvèdre or with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Price: £-££

U.S.A

California

Paso Robles, Sonoma County, Central coast, Santa Barbara.
Price: ££-£££

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