Wine Portfolio Inigo
2018 Inigo Barbera
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Grown in slate soils of limited fertility, Barbera's vigorous growth habit is harnessed, creating a rich palate with long, fine tannins.
The 2018 vintage started at Sevenhill on February 27 and finished on April 10. Although spring and summer were very dry, rain at critical times during the growing and ripening season ensured sound development of the fruit. Warm days and cool nights leading into vintage and during the harvest allowed gentle development of the crop, which meant the fruit could be picked at optimum ripeness. Reds are considered to be the standout varieties of this vintage.
Barbera's natural tannin levels are sometimes underestimated, however when carefully fermented at Sevenhill, we develop lingering, fine tannins complemented by sweet berry flavour. To achieve gentle tannin extraction, the wine was pumped over twice daily. Barbera is a variety with naturally high amounts of tannins and acidity, so soft pump overs give the wine balance without extraction of bitter seed tannins. The finished wine was pressed to old oak puncheons for one year before bottling.
The 2018 Barbera displays a bright cherry-red colour and aromas of plums with a touch of earthiness. The palate, with its sweet juicy fruit, soft tannins and gentle acidity, has broad appeal and approachability.