Wine Portfolio Inigo
2015 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon
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The vineyard's soil is predominantly red to brown loam over weathering slate or siltstone, with its well-drained character contributing to naturally consistent low cropping levels and high-quality fruit.
After above-average winter rains and drier conditions in spring, hot weather in January 2015 rapidly accelerated ripening, leading to an earlier start to vintage in February. The rapid ripening meant red and white varieties were ready for picking at the same time, contributing to long days of harvesting and processing. As a result, vintage in Clare finished early before the end of March without any severe impact on quality.
Fermentation occurred in both stainless steel (10-tonne) and open slate vats (4-tonne) over 12 days. During fermentation, carefully managed pump-overs were critical to capturing flavour and colour. The Cabernet was left on skins for four weeks for post-fermentation maceration.
The 2015 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon is distinguished by notes of black olive and cassis. Blackberry flavours underline strong varietal character on the palate, finishing with fine, grainy tannins.