2008 ISABEL PINOT NOIR
NOT YET AVAILABLE
MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND
This Estate grown Pinot reflects the unique terroir of Isabel Estate. Mike Tiller and his family have nurtured this wonderful distinctive property. The 2008 is a truly magical expression of Pinot Noir. Aromas of cherries, plum and exotic spices waft from the glass. On the palate the wine delivers intensity flavor, yet with appropriate elegance and delicacy. This wine has years ahead of it, but is drinking beautifully now.
- Alcohol Content (%v/v) 13.9
- Total Alcoholic Strength (%v/v) 13.9
- Total Dry Extract (g/L) 26.3
- Titratable Acidity (as Tartaric Acid) (g/L) 5.1
- Volatile Acidity (as Acetic Acid) (g/L) 0.64
- Citric Acidity (as Citric acid) (g/L) 0.05
- Sulphur Dioxide (Total) (mg/L) 65
- Sorbic Acid (mg/L) <10
- Total Sugars (g/L) <1
Isabel Estate is a very special place. Quite unique in the broader context of the Marlborough regions.
The Tiller family were pioneers of the area, seeing the potential long before those that have followed. Mike Tiller, as an Air New Zealand pilot, had the distinct advantage of having an almost daily aerial view of the beautiful Wairau Valley in Marlborough, and hence the opportunity to identify the optimum sites for vineyard development.
The entire estate is hand pruned and handpicked which is no longer the norm in the region. All vineyard blocks are close planted with low trellised rows, with a vine density which is almost twice the average for the region. Yields are further restricted by pruning to low bud numbers and where necessary, shoot and bunch thinning.
Arch cane pruning, again an anomaly in the region, ensures even ripeness. Sustainable viticultural practices maintain vineyard health and soil nutrition, using a combination of mulching and organic fish based fertilizer.
There is no doubt these factors create the wonderful natural intensity and concentration of flavor that is the distinctive hallmark of the Isabel Estate wines. All wines are 100% Estate grown and produced. Testimony to the extraordinary development of the Marlborough region,
Isabel is now the largest remaining family owned Estate in Marlborough, with also some of the oldest vines in the region.
Isabel is very much a family affair. Established by Mike and Robyn, and named after Mikeâ€™s mother Isabel. Their sons and daughters, Brad, Luke, Caitlin and Jane are now all part of the Isabel Estate dynasty.
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2006 Isabel Pinot NoirReview: Stephen Tanzerâ€™s International Wine Cellar 88pts
Region:Marlborough, New Zealand
2008 Graf Hardegg Pinot Noir Vom SchlossReview: Not yet available
Release Date:April, 2011