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Wantirna Estate Amelia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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Wantirna Estate Amelia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Wantirna is one of the great cabernets of Victoria, irresistible in its youth, and it will only improve. Breathtakingly floral, with pristine violet and rose petal lift over impeccable cabernet definition of red- and blackcurrants, capsicum, tobacco leaf and cedar. The palate is ultra-fine and superbly refined, built around pristine red fruits and lingering rose hip perfume, woven seamlessly by the finest silk thread of tannin. Fruit, tannin, acid and oak find delightful integration from the outset, while promising a very long future. 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep crimson, vibrant hue; a highly perfumed and complex bouquet, revealing red and black fruits, briar and a mere suggestion of cedary complexity; the palate is fine-boned and pure-fruited, with silky tannins, fresh acidity and a long and expansive finish; a benchmark example from one of the original stalwarts of the Yarra Valley Diam.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Yarra cabernet at its finest. Backed by dusty notes of dried herbs and fresh cedar/vanilla oak, it's scented with intense, earthy aromas of violets, mulberries and cassis plus a whiff of iris and mint. Supple and finely crafted, it's medium to full-bodied, with a long, plush but supremely elegant presence of fruit of rare purity and translucency. It's supported by a fine, drying and faintly mineral undercarriage of graphite-like tannin, finishing with remarkable persistence, focus and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
I have admired its wines for years, but visited Wantirna for the first time just last week and discovered an immaculately tended vineyard on a glorious site in an unusual location that can best be described as Melbourne suburbia, mid-way between the Yarra and the Mornington. Amelia was the star, with sensational purity and poise of blackcurrants, tobacco, violets, cassis and elegantly fine tannins.
Wine Taste Edition 46 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; richly robed and mouth-filling, with a precocious display of blackcurrant, redcurrant and subtle oak; the tannins are fine and well balanced, and sustain the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Giddy up! Yarra Valley cabernet reaches new altitudes of refinement, varietal precision, seamless balance and sheer class! Glorious fragrance of violets and every cabernet descriptor you can name. Beautifully textured tannins weave deep through waves of blackcurrant fruit and finely tuned oak.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good depth to the colour; has a plush richness to the cassis and blackcurrant fruit flavours that is very attractive, especially at this modest level of alcohol; one of the best examples of this wine for many years.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Simply a beautiful wine, exuding elegance and regional style. Scented with fresh cassis, mulberries and dark cherries backed by nuances of blackberries, tight-knit chocolate/cedary oak, briar and dark olives, it's long and silky, supple and fine-grained. Its intense, pristine and almost sour-edged fruit moves seamlessly down the surprisingly firm palate, finishing with wonderful brightness and length. Certain to age gracefully.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A very ripe-smelling nose that shows some mirepoix vegetable characters through gently smoky cassis fruit and nutty seed aromas. The wine offers a very sturdy palate, with density and ripeness on the palate, just veers to ripe, and fruitcake territory at the finish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; is what can only be described as a suave wine, with a complex web of blackcurrant, spice and cedary oak on the bouquet and the medium-bodied, finely textured, palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fragrant berry aromas; a supple and smooth palate, with perfectly ripened cassis and blackcurrant fruit; fine tannins and quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Classic Yarra cabernet, very floral and perfumed, with intense violet, cassis, dark cherry and cedar/vanilla oak over nuances of undergrowth. Smooth, finely crafted and velvet-like, it's long, pliant and deeply flavoured, with black fruit, dark chocolate and cedar oak culminating in a pleasing and grippy astringency.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Deeply and alluringly charming; a wine that will only become more seductive. Its flagrant perfume of violets, cassis, mulberries, blackberries and cedar/vanilla oak reveals nuances of dark chocolates and forest floor. Silky, fine and exceptionally elegant, it is a remarkable fusion of pristine and beautifully ripened flavours of dark cherries, berries and plums with powder-fine tannins, presented with poise and sensitivity. Long and seamless, It's likely to build in the bottle before settling down in the future.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; medium-bodied, with similar freshness to the Pinot Noir; excellent cassis and blackcurrant married to silky tannins, oak the bridesmaid. An impressive trio.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A firm and tightly structured blend with a lightly minty perfume of dark plums, small black and red berries, cedar/chocolate oak and underlying notes of dried herbs and forest floor. Its minty and sumptuous expression of vibrant blackcurrant, raspberries and sour cherries is both elegant, and fine grained, but overlies a firm, slightly raw-edged extract.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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