Wantirna Estate Amelia Cabernet Merlot
WineryWantirna Estate
Fruit CabernetSauv Merlot CabernetFranc PetitVerdot
Regions Yarra Valley
Each $59.99
Available in cases of 6
Excellent Langtons Classification. Wantirna Vineyard is a never ending journey of enchantment and surprise. At times vigor and energy are needed, at times all that's required is patience. Established 1963, it was one of the first new generation Yarra Valley vineyards. The earliest plantings included all sorts of varieties, many largely unknown. A large proportion of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc which makes up Amelia date back to the original vines. A smaller component of Petit Verdot contributes structure, fine firm tannins and good natural acidity.
Reg and Maryann Egan honed their practical skills amongst the small estates of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Whilst the cepage of fruit to Amelia may be different each year, a backbone of two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon dominates, a third of Merlot and Cabernet Franc ensues, followed by a soupçon Petit Verdot. Favouring the slow ripening of a long growing season, Petit Verdot grapes are always last to be harvested, usually in mid April. Vines are all dry farmed and the roots dig deep into the clay soils, searching for any available moisture. The maturity of the vines is crucial to making the intense yet elegant Amelia, fully approachable while young, she will age beautifully for more than fifteen years.
Bright, deep red in colour. Luscious nose of currants and bramble with slightly savoury characters of olive, bay leaf and thyme. Complex black, blueberry and red cherry fruits on the palate, garnished by tobacco leaf and kept vibrant by bright, currant acids. Well structured with firm yet malleable tannins, a solid, medium to full bodied Bordeaux styled blend to accompany game meats in red wine jus, venison, wild boar or hare.
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About Wantirna Estate Wines
Wantirna Estate Vineyard is not far from the centre of Melbourne
Planted in 1963 it was the first of the new generation vineyards, the Yarra Valley having been an important grape growing area in the 1800s. The impetus for the vineyard began back in 1956 when Reg Egan married Bertina Curcio whose mother was English but whose father was Italian. Wine and food were important in the Curcio household and so started a fascination with the history of wine in Victoria. Before long they had their minds on a vineyard somewhere in the Yarra Valley. The early vine plantings included all sorts of varieties, many largely unknown, for those early Australian wine growing days. Varieties such as crouchon, pedro ximenez, barbera and dolcetto. But it was the classical varieties that eventually won the day and in the 1970’s the vineyard was consolidated to focus on chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. Much of the existing cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines were part of the original 1963 plantings. Wantirna Estate»