Established in 1963 and with an annual production of less than 1000 cases in total, Wantirna Estate ranks among the elite of the Yarra Valley icons. Hand crafted terror-driven wines are a reflection of meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of viticulture and winemaking, and a vineyard site that is naturally low-yielding. "You don't need too many fingers to count the number of 'cult' wineries of the 1970s and early 1980s that are still in the hands of their original owners. Fewer still are actually performing better today than ever before. Wantirna Estate is one such winery and its modern success is a culmination of experience, the introduction of fresh ideas and a proven ability to learn. Jeremy Oliver

On our small 10 acres we have three blocks of Pinot Noir. Each gives us different flavours and composition – one block is fruity; the old original block gives us tannin and structure and the front block develops a spicy character.  In 2016 we decided to try to get just a little more mid-palate weight to the Lily. Not to make a bigger wine, rather a wine with a touch more complexity. So instead of pressing the wine off its skins straight after ferment, we wrapped up the small concrete open fermenter for a few days. We felt that this extended skin maceration would bridge that little gap from the fruit-filled mid-palate to the dry, powdery-tannin finish. Again it’s a small fiddle but one that we are really excited by. The resulting barrel and a half has given the final blend something a little more, and as it's but a small component the wine hasn’t strayed from the Wantirna Estate style. Other than this variation we’ve kept the winemaking as per normal - open-tank fermentation, hand-plunging with some pumpovers, followed by 10 months ageing in the cool, semi-underground cellar, with just one racking before bottling. - Maryann Egan

The charm-factor of this 2016 release of Lily Pinot Noir is right up there. Many things are teachable; charm not so much. A complex nose. A silken palate. An even slide of flavour through the finish. And just enough scaffolding to suggest longevity. This is a 2016 pinot noir made with a gentle hand. A wise wine. Cherries, plums, cream, an assortment of blooms, fennel root, a hint of forest floor. It’s a pretty wine but not in a breezy way; it has its own style, and substance. Tasted: Oct 17; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $80; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2028+; Rated: 93+ Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

 

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SKU 10646
Brand Wantirna Estate
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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