Wine Portfolio Inigo
2016 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon
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The vineyard's soil is predominantly red to brown loam over weathering slate or siltstone, with its well-drained character contributing to naturally consistent low cropping levels and high-quality fruit.
Yields were above expectations and quality was high for the 2016 vintage, particularly for the core varieties of Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Good rains in late January 2016 and early February gave the grapes a welcome boost on the eve of picking and harvest conditions allowed even ripening of the fruit. Picking started at Sevenhill on Wednesday, February 10, and the steady flow of high-quality fruit produced outstanding varietal character and flavours.
The fruit was cold soaked for four days to extract maximum colour before the start of fermentation. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 10 days in stainless steel tanks, with twice-daily pumpovers. Following completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred to 30 percent new French oak, with the remainder going to up to four-year-old French hogsheads.
Strong varietal character defines this wine, with spicy, cigar-box aromas and the flavours of rich blueberry fruits. All this is built on a structure of powerful but balanced tannins that finish with a velvety, cassis tone.