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Wantirna Estate Amelia Cabernet Merlot 2016

Harvest Merlot in February? Unheard of! Well it was on the 29th day but still… Ridiculous! But with a very early budburst and flowering back in October 2015, the harvest of 2016 was an early one. Thankfully it was a cool February. Like the 2015 Amelia, the proportion of the main varieties is quite even – around 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot/Cabernet Franc and about 10% Pet...


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Brand Name
Wantirna Estate
Country
AUSTRALIA
Style
Red Wine
Region
Yarra Valley, Vic
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (Blends)
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

Harvest Merlot in February? Unheard of! Well it was on the 29th day but still… Ridiculous! But with a very early budburst and flowering back in October 2015, the harvest of 2016 was an early one. Thankfully it was a cool February. Like the 2015 Amelia, the proportion of the main varieties is quite even – around 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot/Cabernet Franc and about 10% Petit Verdot. The balance slightly changes every year given that we grow all our grapes here, so in a true single-vineyard style we can only use what this tiny plot of 10 acres grows. And like the 2015 we have continued to make the wine in a few small open fermenters, rather than one big one (not that we ever had really large ones!). The hand-plunging with the occasional pumpover gives us good fruit development; we had steady, even ferments and the small vats allow us to hold a batch or two back to give extended skin maceration. Typically the wine sees about 25 to 30% new wood. For the Cabernet Merlot wines we particularly like the cooper Dargaud & Jaegle and their barrels that are made in a small town between Lyon and Mâcon. The oak comes from the forests in central France and we like the restrained influence it has. Oak we believe should just be a nice complexing flavour, a flavour that sits in the background of the wine, rather than being a main feature. The 2016 Amelia follows on in style and quality of the 2015. And like many a Yarra Cabernet blend, it is delicious as a young wine yet develops beautifully in bottle. - Maryann Egan

Violet and cigar box perfume, red and black fruits, pencils and vanilla. Medium-bodied, fleshy but gentle tannin, deep flavour delivered with a light touch, fine long finish, poise and elegant feel from start to finish. Classic. Beautiful Cabernet. 95 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front October 2018

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