Wine Portfolio Inigo
2018 Inigo Late Harvest Gewürztraminer
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Grown on a single vineyard, adjacent to the Riesling Trail, our Gewürztraminer benefits from its location in the cool base of a small valley where it develops its typical rose-petal and spicy character. The variety has high natural sugar and the late harvest style is achieved by leaving the fruit on the vine deep into the ripening season.
The 2018 vintage started at Sevenhill on February 27 and was completed on April 10. Although spring and summer were marked by very dry conditions, 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.
The Late Harvest Gewürztraminer is handled differently to other white wines because of its complex structure. The fruit was crushed and destemmed and held in the press for 12 hours to extract colour and flavour, before pressing to a stainless steel tank for cold settling. The juice was racked off gross solids and a neutral dry yeast was added to start fermentation. The wine was fermented at cool temperatures for 10 days until it reached the desired sugar level when fermentation was stopped by rapid cooling.
Aromas of musk and Turkish Delight point to a multi-layered palate of sweet fruit flavours, while balancing acidity keeps the wine crisp and fresh.