2018 Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay

2018 Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay

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5 in stock 1.33 kg . .


At a Yarra Valley wine seminar a few years back, around 20 Chardonnay wines were served blind to a room full of wine writers and sommeliers. The final bracket was poured, which included Isabella. As the origin was unveiled the MC announced that this was a Chardonnay reflecting the vineyard, the people who made it and was perhaps a little ‘old school’. I must say that I took that as a compliment as this was during a phase of some Yarra Chardonnays being made on the leaner side of ripeness. Ours stood out as being a wine with plenty on offer, but still with style and refinement. In general, Yarra Chardonnay winemaking has passed that little phase of looking for racy acid first, and flavour second. It was never a style that we embraced. The great benefit of being a small winery with an established history allows us to forge our own way and not feel obliged to dramatically change our style. Chardonnay needs flavour; it’s not in the aromatic category of white wines like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. Certainly, it needs to have good acidity, but it also should have good depth and weight that allows it to be fleshy, but at the same time refined. The Isabella is of course a little different every year, as the seasons change. The 2018 is very much a classic wine from us. The age of the vines and the corresponding lowering of their yield has delivered a wine of richness. Very little malolactic fermentation occurs so as to maintain a lovely line of quartz-like acidity. In terms of oak, less than 25% is new, and about 10% is held in stainless steel to capture some of that pure fruit. On that seminar day we were thanked for making wine with flavour, and one comment was: “Your Chardonnay is always a joyous drink.” I quite like that. – Maryann Egan
Ripe peachy expression with butter menthol, mint, wheatgerm and spice. Juicy pear and peach, a certain citrus cut through the gloss and glide of this flavoursome little number, some flint, savoury umami character, juicy and chalky through a nice long finish. It’s a proper Chard onnay, and feels pretty much ready, almost raring, to go. 94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front October 2019

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