Wantirna Estate Amelia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018
1 or more bottles$87.00
Campbell Mattin95 points
The 2018 season was one of the earliest we’ve had. Flowering in the spring had been ahead of usual and this pattern continued, with Merlot coming into the winery in the first week of March. The fruit was perfect, ripe and with great tannins. As each year is a little different in terms of the way the varieties perform in the vineyard, we get slightly varying amounts of each grape. The 2018 Amelia is about usual for the proportion of the past few years, with around 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and Cabernet Franc mix and the remaining 8% being Petit Verdot. Yarra Cabernet blends are considered as the wines that put the region on the map. And it is easy to see why. Elegance, but with generous fruit flavours, soft yet fine, ripe tannins. Tannin is such an important part of these wines. It is the absolute backbone and gives such excellent structure. If you could say our wine has evolved over the years, we’d say that our focus on getting the best tannin we can is one of the most important things. For us it comes from the post ferment maceration. It is actually one of the most exciting times of vintage, to lift the lid on the closed macerating tank and to taste. The fruit is still so lovely but the tannin – even in a wine that is so young – is already just so savoury and, frankly, exciting. The 2018 Amelia has a terrific balance of the Cabernet character with blackberry, boysenberry, all small black fruits, and the backbone of dusty lingering tannins. The 2017 Amelia was much praised by our visiting customers, and the wine writers, and we think the 2018 a fabulous follow-up.
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- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"This is a beauty. In that, it’s a wine of beauty, in the glass, on the table. It’s sure, it’s composed, it’s cohesive and most of all, it’s convincing. It’s a final word of a wine. It tastes of currants and bay leaves, choc and sweet herbs but rattling off flavours is beside the point. This is a wine with a good heart, a good finish and a good story to tell, all of which comes draped over a structure of classic design. 95 points."
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About the brand Wantirna Estate
Wantirna Estate Vineyard is located just outside of Melbourne, Victoria in a town of the same name. Founded by Reg and Bertina Egan in 1963, Wantirna Estate was the first of the new generation vineyards planted outside the region of the Yarra Valley. This was a new adventure for Reg, a Melbourne lawyer who in 1984, gave up his law practice to focus solely on viticulture and winemaking. After a vintage in Burgundy, Reg and Bertina's daughter Maryann Egan studied oenology at Charles Sturt University and is currently the head winemaker in addition to being an accomplished wine writer. Early plantings included a mixed bag of Italian and Spanish varieties, however in the 1970s, the land was replanted to focus on more familiar grape varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for single vineyard wines and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for Bordeaux blends. Much of the current Cabernets and Merlot are part of the original 1963 plantings.