Wine Portfolio Inigo
2014 Inigo Merlot
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When indulged with close attention to moisture and grooming of its foliage, Merlot rewards the patience of this pampered care.
Vintage 2014 was a mixture of weather conditions, with above-average winter rains followed by a dry spring. The lead-up to Christmas was dry and warm, promoting good growth and berry development. Very hot conditions in January accelerated ripening and vintage started in early February.
The 2014 Inigo Merlot was selected from three parcels of fruit. Pump overs were done twice daily to extract tannins and flavour from the skin, without overworking the ferment to avoid any bitter seed tannins. After a 10-day ferment, the must was pumped to a membrane press for gentle extract.
Bright plum in colour, the 2014 Inigo Merlot has lifted notes of plums and ripe raspberries. The medium-weight palate is juicy and generous, with subtle but persistent tannins. A long finish is marked by spice and fruit cake.