Wantirna Estate 'Amelia' Cabernet Merlot 2016
A large proportion of the grapes for this wine come from the original 1963 plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines. The remainder is from the more recently planted – 1989 – Petit Verdot. Whilst the proportions are different every year, depending on fruit set and cropping levels, roughly speaking the break down is about as follows: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. The addition of the Petit Verdot grapes in the 1990s gave the wine an added backbone of tannin and natural acidity. With its long growing season, the Petit Verdot grapes are the last to be harvested, usually in mid-April.
The Cabernet wines were what initially put the Yarra Valley on the map, back in the 1970s and ‘80s. The balance of the herbal Cabernet character with the elegant but quite intense fruit flavours have continued to show the incredible quality and suitability of this blend to the Yarra's climate. In a time when the focus seems to be always on the new and upcoming Pinots and Chardonnays, it's important to remember just how good Cabernet can be from this region.
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot|
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