This is one for the Australians, with their fine tradition of red sparkling wines made from Shiraz. For people of other nationalities, it's more of a curiosity, with firm tannins, some sweetness from ripe fruit and finishing acidity. When to drink it? Probably with a red fruit dessert.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.