Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Wantirna Estate is not far from the centre of Melbourne and was planted in 1963. The impetus for the vineyard began back in 1956 when Reg Egan married Bertina Curcio whose father was Italian. Wine and food were important in the Curcio household and so started a fascination with the history of wine in Victoria. Before long they had their minds on a vineyard somewhere in the Yarra Valley. Eventually they found a site and began there pursuit of producing elegant wines. Each cuvée is named after the granddaughters of Reg and Bertina with illustrations depicting each's personality by renowned Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig. - From Watirna Estate
Cabernet and Merlot from the original 1963 plantings, with 5% Petit Verdot coming off the 1989 plantings. All dry grown. Yarra Valley Cabernet from 2017 strikes me as being a more dense, compact year, with fine bones and lithe structure.
Glorious Cabernet perfume of violet and pencil shavings, mint, blackcurrant and boysenberry, with the theme seemingly intense small black fruit. It’s medium-bodied, dense and tightly knit, juiciness of blueberry and blackcurrant, layered in with more savoury tobacco flavour, graphite tannin, cool acidity, and a long, almost chocolaty finish. What a delight. Superb. - Notes from The Wine Front