Shiraz is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world. DNA profiling in 1999 found Shiraz to be the offspring of two grapes from southeastern France: Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Our clones selection are PT23NG and 1654.
The style and flavour profile of wines made from Shiraz is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown, with moderate climates tending to produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and flavours of blackberry, mint and black pepper notes. In warmer climates, Shiraz is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz allow the wines produced from this grape variety to have favourable aging potential.
St Ignatius Estate flagship Contemplation Reserve Shiraz is a consistent product of superior quality. In the making, we use our best hand-picked grapes exclusively harvested from our single vineyard.
All our Reserve Shiraz wines are kept in American oak barrels for at least 12 months before bottling.