Wine Portfolio Inigo
2017 Inigo Merlot
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When indulged with close attention to moisture and grooming of its foliage, Merlot rewards the patience of this pampered care.
While ample rain in the winter and spring of 2016 – the first for several years – 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 2017 Inigo Merlot was selected from three parcels of fruit and destemmed and crushed into stainless-steel fermenters. Pump overs were done twice daily to extract tannins and flavour from the skin, without overworking the ferment to avoid any bitter seed tannins. After a 14-day ferment, the must was pumped to a membrane press for gentle extraction. Barrel maturation was over 16 months in two and three-year-old French oak hogsheads.
Sevenhill’s location produces a Merlot with ample body and depth of flavour. Bright red-berry fruit marks the palate of the 2017 vintage, complemented by hints of chocolate. Lingering, soft tannins complete this wine of substantial character.