A 5 Star rating from noted Australian wine critic James Halliday: typical cool climate Riesling with under 1gm of residual sugar.
Halliday in his newly released 2018 Wine Companion notes its “outstanding value.” … there is a lot of high quality wine here at the price, the floral citrus bouquet starting to show. It’s bone dry but there is a wealth of lime juice, pith and zest backed by crunchy acidity.
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.
Vines are planted on four blocks, each with different soils – silty stone/slate and richer, red loam. The silty stone and slate soils are older and less fertile, producing leaner characters; the juices show minerality and a more savoury edge. The richer, red soils are higher in nutrients, so the vines don’t have to battle quite so hard. The individual vineyard blocks are kept separate until after fermentation when blending occurs.
The Inigo range honours St Ignatius, the Jesuits’ founder and features estate grown single varietals. The label’s deep grey colour was chosen to connect with the widely seen local slate – used not just as building materials but for the unique, and irreplaceable, slate vats and fermenters that are perfect for controlling the temperature during the winemaking.