Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Yarra Valley Victoria
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.