Wine Portfolio Inigo
2019 Inigo Rosé
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Very old Grenache vines – around 100 years of age – that yield a modest crop produce the fruit for our Inigo Rosé. Nestled in a small valley in the Sevenhill vineyards to the west of the winery, these old warriors are renowned for producing full-flavoured fruit.
The combination of a dry 2018 winter and a cold spring led to the vines setting a lower than average crop. Prolonged dry conditions and events of extreme heat during January and February reduced yields further. Picking commenced on the 26th of February and progressed at a frantic pace. With daytime maximum temperatures reaching above 35C for eight consecutive days, most varieties reach the desired sugar levels quite quickly. The last fruit came through the winery doors on the 19th of March.
Using the Grenache off the heavy-cropping section of the vineyard where the grapes are plump and the skins are soft, helps to achieve the lightness and delicacy of this wine. In the winery, the grapes are chilled prior to going to the press where they are then held for a period of four hours before pressing commences. The juice was settled and racked prior to fermentation at cool temperatures. Fermentation was halted just before completion to retain a slight residual sweetness.
Gentle handling of old-vine Grenache fruit created this wine’s pale salmon colour. Aromas of strawberry, pear and rosehip. The palate has a delicate structure, bright strawberry fruit and a gentle acidity, making this a delightfully refreshing wine.