The 2013 summer was warmer than average with high sunshine hours and mostly dry conditions and was followed by a classic Marlborough autumn, with warm days and cool nights, producing close to perfect growing conditions. One of the main focuses this season was achieving optimum canopy to crop ratio – often very difficult with Chardonnay. We aimed for enough shading of the fruit bunches to retain natural acidity, balanced with sun exposure to express Isabel’s unique concentration of flavour.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
“Quite rich, fruit-focused Chardonnay with grapefruit, nectarine, apple and hazelnut flavours. The wine works well texturally with good weight and mouth-feel. Still youthful but very accessible with potential to develop well in bottle”. 90/100 – Bob Campbell, MW, 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale straw colour.
On the nose aromas of honey and baked apricot are underscored by a hint of vanilla.
On the palate flavours of fresh citrus and nectarine are balanced by subtle oak and butterscotch. Medium-full bodied with well integrated acidity and bready yeast lees, this wine will only continue to improve with age. Finely textured with a lingering finish.