Wine Portfolio Inigo
2017 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.
The March start to the Clare Valley’s 2017 vintage was reminiscent of bygone seasons, with some old hands recalling “how it used to be” before a changing climate pushed the first pick of harvest into early February. While ample rain in the winter and spring of 2016 laid a foundation for optimism, cooler temperatures in January and rain towards the end of the month slowed ripening in South Australia’s wine regions. A burst of hot weather in early February triggered some movement and crops began to ripen at a more normal pace in the kinder conditions.
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 pump-overs. 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.
A well-balanced, classically structured Cabernet Sauvignon, with lifted wild berry, nettle and spearmint aromas. The elegant palate has blackberry fruit flavours with fine emery tannins.