2018 Sevenhill St Ignatius Cabernet Blend Clare Valley – Made from Sevenhill’s estate grown fruit, it is marked by aromas of violets, bramble and cigar box, along with bright red berry flavours. It’s intense varietal characters seamlessly integrate with the premium French oak.
The 2018 St Ignatius is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (26%), Malbec (14%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). All four varieties are crushed into open slate fermenters where they stay on skins for 12-14 days, with gentle hand plunging three times a day. After basket pressing, ageing was undertaken in a combination of old and new French oak.
Each variety brings unique flavours and the blend leads to a wine of great complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon yields intense red berry character and firm tannins. Merlot shows violet perfume and has silky tannins that build a bridge to the tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec brings deep colour and plum-like flavour, while Cabernet Franc has pronounced aromas of raspberries, blackcurrants and violets. The varieties are suited to Sevenhill’s cooler, later-ripening conditions. Vineyard management also contributes to low vigor in the vines and modest yields, ensuring a wine of impressive concentration.
Single Price: $50.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $38.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $456.00