Wine Portfolio Inigo
2018 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cabernet Sauvignon is regarded by many as the Clare Valley’s premier red variety and the region’s significant plantings support this view. Fruit for the 2018 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from three estate-grown vineyards with an average vine age of 20 years. Each vineyard’s high elevation contributes to cooler nights during the ripening period, giving the fruit more time to develop great depth of flavour.
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.
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.
The wine shows aromas of Blackberry, juniper berry and hints of saltbush. The palate shows typically grainy Cabernet tannins with a core of intense dark fruit with great length and persistence.