The characters of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot support and complement the flavour and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the desire to bring these varieties together led to some of the earliest plantings of these varieties in the Clare Valley.
The 2012 vintage is widely acknowledged as one of the best of the past decade following plentiful winter and spring rain in 2011. Consistent warm weather in January 2012 contributed to steady, even ripening and vintage started early on February 5. Warm days and cool nights meant that the fruit was picked at optimum ripeness and flavour.
The 2012 St Ignatius is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Fermentation on skins lasted between 12-14 days, capturing intense extraction of colour and flavour. Ageing was undertaken in a combination of old and new French oak.
The wine has incredible intensity of flavour, with rich plums, blueberries and spice on the nose. Robust tannins will age and increase in complexity during the next 10-12 years.