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    Wantirna Estate ‘Amelia’ Cabernet Merlot 2017

    Wantirna Estate ‘Amelia’ Cabernet Merlot 2017

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    "Those who have been buying our wine for a while will remember the impetus for the making of the Hannah - there was simply the need to make a fourth wine to name after the fourth granddaughter! It so happened that among the family there was a love of the wines of St Emilion, where the overwhelming majority of estates make their wines from varying proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc (some have a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon too). So of course the occasional trip needs to be taken to the region of Bordeaux and to spend a few days tasting the wines of the area.

    It had been a few years since I’d been to Saint Emilion, and despite its popularity these days, it is still a slice of heaven. And the Bordelais certainly know how to impress with their gorgeous châteaux. The wines too were pretty fabulous, albeit at an eye-watering cost. Interestingly many have moved to bottle these Cabernet Franc and Merlot wines a little earlier than the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines. We adopted this practice 10 years ago with the 2008 Hannah. Certainly the odd museum tasting that we do of the Hannah shows the wine develops beautifully while maintaining the lovely fruit flavours and fragrance that Cabernet Franc in particular gives.

    Also interesting from the trip, which also included Piedmont and Burgundy, was the intense interest from other winemakers in our experience with using screwcaps. We got the impression that many would love to be adopting these as their closure but don’t have the confidence or appellation regulations to just do it! Certainly we are more than happy with screwcap, especially when the dreaded ‘It’s corked!’ words are heard. As usual, just the one barrel made." - Maryann Egan

    Region

    First planted with vines in 1838, the Yarra Valley is the birthplace of the Victorian wine industry. It ceased production in the fortified wine boom in the 1920s and planting began again in earnest in the 1960s with modern pioneers such as Dr Bailey Carrodus, Guill de Pury and Dr John Middleton paving the way for the Yarra Valley to become one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions today. Their Yarra Yering, Yeringberg and Mount Mary wineries remain regional heroes, firm favorites such as Coldstream Hills and new star wineries such as Oakridge and Giant Steps excel with stunning examples of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling are also no slouch in the region and the exciting new breed of wineries such as Bobar, Mac Forbes, Hoddles Creek, Salo, Timo Mayer, Thousand Candles and Proud Primary Produce are proof of the Yarra Valley’s diversity and understanding of place. Local Knowledge: The restaurant at Oakridge Wines is one of the finest regional dining experiences in the land…. Have a glass of 864 Chardonnay while you are there.

    Specifications

    • Varieties

      Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Vintage

      2016
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

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