Wine Portfolio Inigo
2018 Inigo Merlot
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This wine is primarily from our Rosehill block on quarry road. These vines were planted in 2001 on a South-East sloping block of sandy red brown loam. The Merlot clone is D3V14. Harvest date was 19th March.
The 2018 vintage started at Sevenhill on February 27 and finished on the 10th April. 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.
Fermentation vessel was a static closed stainless steel fermenter. The maceration time was 14 days on skins, this was followed by nearly 24 months in aged American hogsheads. Bottling occurred in September 2020.
A deep red colour. The aroma is primarily fruit driven - plum, rhubarb and bramble, with a slight vanilla oak background. The palate is well structured with a core of plum sweetness surrounded by savoury acidity and tannin dryness. This wine is built for ageing though it is very drinkable now.