Wine Portfolio Saints
2014 St Ignatius Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
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The characters of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot support and complement the flavour and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the desire to bring these varieties together led to some of the earliest plantings of these varieties in the Clare Valley.
The 2014 vintage was a mixture of weather conditions, with above-average winter rains followed by a dry spring. The lead-up to Christmas was dry and warm, promoting good growth and berry development. However, hot conditions in January accelerated ripening and vintage started in early February. Fortunately, heavy rain in mid-February caused little damage and the mild conditions that followed produced ideal ripening conditions, particularly the cool nights.
The 2014 St Ignatius is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Merlot (25%), Malbec (14%) and Cabernet Franc (9%). All four varieties are crushed in to open slate fermenters where they stay on skins for 12-14 days, with gentle hand plunging three times a day.
Aromas of violets, cloves and cigar box underline the prominence of Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2014 St Ignatius. Flavours of bright, red berry fruit are the backbone of the palate, with an underlay of firm tannins.