Wine Portfolio Inigo
2017 Inigo Riesling
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Sevenhill’s Riesling vineyards are planted on gently undulating slopes up to 500 metres above sea level. Warm days and cool nights during the growing and ripening season are perfect for Riesling, as is the combination of stony and richer, red-loam soils.
While ample rain in winter and spring of 2016 laid a foundation for optimism, cooler temperatures in January and rain toward the end of the month slowed ripening in the wine regions of South Australia. It was only a burst of hot weather in early February that got things moving again. The 2017 harvest began at Sevenhill on March 1, with picking of Chardonnay at Lloyd’s Farm. Warm days and cool nights made for ideal vintage conditions during March and April, leading to outstanding fruit picked at optimum ripeness.
The Inigo Riesling was picked on March 22, which is about four weeks later than recent years. The grapes are crushed and chilled and then gently pressed in a closed membrane press, with minimal skin contact. The juice is cold settled then racked and fermentation starts with an aromatic Riesling yeast. The ferment is kept around 14C to retain the varietal aromatics.
The 2017 Inigo Riesling has typical Sevenhill characteristics of orange blossom, with punchy citrus flavours on the palate. The wine has some texture on the middle palate, which balances the zesty acidity. The finish is crisp and dry.