Shiraz is full bodied, bold, and spicy with flavours of mixed berries, black pepper, anise, and oaky vanilla tannins. With its intense colour and jam-like flavour, this wine can be enjoyed relatively young, but is best when aged a few months. A wine this big requires big flavours to match, and should be served with dishes such as brisket, steak, veal, stew, or pork chops if the sauce isn’t too acidic. Similarly, Shiraz should be matched with firm, ripened cheeses such as Edam, Gouda, or aged Cheddar. Avoid delicate, mild foods. Perfect for formal entertaining on cooler evenings or dinner by the fire.