Wine Portfolio Saints
2018 St Ignatius Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
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Each variety brings unique flavours and the blend leads to a wine of great complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon yields intense red berry character and firm tannins. Merlot shows violet perfume and has silky tannins that build a bridge to the tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec brings deep colour and plum-like flavour, while Cabernet Franc has pronounced aromas of raspberries, blackcurrants and violets. The varieties are suited to Sevenhill’s cooler, later-ripening conditions. Vineyard management also contributes to low vigour in the vines and modest yields, ensuring a wine of impressive concentration.
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. Reds are considered to be the standout varieties.
The 2018 St Ignatius is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (26%), Malbec (14%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). All four varieties are crushed into open slate fermenters where they stay on skins for 12-14 days, with gentle hand plunging three times a day. After basket pressing, ageing was undertaken in a combination of old and new French oak.
Made from Sevenhill's estate grown fruit, it is marked by aromas of violets, bramble and cigar box, along with bright red berry flavours. It's intense varietal characters seamlessly integrate with the premium French oak.