Merlot Clare South Australia
The old vine D3v14 clone planted on two blocks at Sevenhill is not known for great concentration, yet Sevenhill produces Merlot wines of greater colour, palate structure and character than most. Why is Sevenhill Merlot different? Firstly, Merlot is a sook! It needs a certain soil type to produce it's best, not too rich or too poor. We see Merlot's finest qualities of violet perfume and silky texture coming from the uniform but not rich, clay loams of Sevenhill's vineyard. Secondly, it's all in the timing. The aim is to encourage all berries to ripen simultaneously and evenly.
The Sevenhill winery produces all its own fruit from seventy two hectares of vineyard, the winery is nestled among the vines very near St Aloysius Church. Today's approach to winemaking is all about low yielding vines and intensely flavoured fruit, to extract rich, silky tannins through small batch vinification. Grapes are crushed into Sevenhill's century old slate fermenters, a perfect size for allowing the soaking skins to give up their character into the wine. The must is pumped over or gently plunged daily to gently extract colour and tannins. Following a traditional basket press, the wine is transferred into a combination of new and older French and American oak hogsheads for eighteen months maturation.
Deep ruby red colour with crimson hues. Primary fruit characters on the bouquet, violets and plum, blackcurrants and spice in the classic Merlot way. A rich, smooth palate provides delightful balance between smooth dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours. Gentle tannins and lingering cedar spice persist on the long and persistent finish. A fine accompaniement to osso buco or veal, Inigo rewards early drinking and will continue to evolve in bottle.