Located in the Wairau Valley in the heart of Marlborough, Isabel Vineyard receives the full benefit of extended sunshine hours combined with a long, relatively cool growing season. Long, brilliantly sunny, mild autumns allow for the development of intense flavours and aromas in the fruit. Back in the early 1980s most people looking to buy a vineyard in Marlborough were happy to purchase any apparently suitable land. Mike and Robyn Tiller on the other hand were way ahead of their time in searching for a very specific site that would enable them to create something really special. They eventually found the ideal site on higher ground to the south of the valley on the banks of the Omaka River. Here the river had washed out varied soil particles for thousands of years creating a fine, fascinating terroir. In addition to the importance of vineyard site, the Tillers also realised the importance of high vineyard density at a time when many producers in warmer climes where planting vine rows as wide apart as possible. After special tractors were imported from Italy to handle the unusually narrow rows in the Isabel vineyard, cultivation began and superb grapes soon resulted. Isabel is not only one of the largest family owned vineyards in Marlborough, it also has some of the oldest vines in the area producing exceptional quality grapes and wines – Isabel wines are restricted by pruning to low bud numbers and, where necessary, shoot and bunch thinning ensures that fruit quality is fully optimised.
Tightly structured flavours, fairly pronounced straw-yellow colour, crispy and bright with soft dryness and nutty bouquet. Concentration of fresh fruit, toasty oak with firm, but ripe acidity. Notes of citrus and green apple finish. Elegant floral notes as well nose honey palate. This vintage has a sweet, balanced mouth feeling through well-integrated acidity highlighting a natural complexity.