Wantirna Estate 'Isabella' Chardonnay 2017

The 2017 season took us back in time. While budburst commenced around 10 days early, we hit a cool period in late October that delayed the shoot development. Flowering was then pushed back about two weeks later than the previous years. By the time we picked the Chardonnay on 6th March murmurs around the Valley were that it was a harvest ‘like back in the olden days’. February wa...


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Varietal
Chardonnay
Brand Name
Wantirna Estate
Style
White Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
AUSTRALIA
Region
Yarra Valley, Vic

Product Description

The 2017 season took us back in time. While budburst commenced around 10 days early, we hit a cool period in late October that delayed the shoot development. Flowering was then pushed back about two weeks later than the previous years. By the time we picked the Chardonnay on 6th March murmurs around the Valley were that it was a harvest ‘like back in the olden days’. February was pretty cool, with only three days in the mid-30s, and the nights were almost all below the average, often by more than 5–8°C. So cool was one stretch of evenings that long-term records were broken. These conditions were pretty perfect for the grapes to ripen slowly and without stress. Vintage 2017 was a lovely return to milder weather. Our Chardonnay vines are nearly all on an east-facing slope, with the rows going in an east west orientation. On the flatter part of the slope the vines have produced poor yields for the past few years and it is this area that has been the continued focus of our compost work. The results have been really quite amazing - with the shoots going from being pencil thin in diameter to sturdy canes. This is certainly giving us some encouragement to continue with the tonnes and tonnes of hand spreading we’ve been doing each autumn. We’re seeing the leaves hanging on longer as well as a welcome increase in yield for the 2018 harvest. Just glancing at the extra piles of pruning wood that was removed this winter shows how much improvement we have been able to get into the soil. Unfortunately while conditions were perfect for ripening, the 2017 Isabella bunches were tiny, and therefore just five barrels of wine were made. But five barrels that we're very happy with. – Maryann Egan

It’s not shy, but it is kind of discreet. Yellow fruit, butter menthol, aniseed and cedar spice. Medium-bodied, wheat germ and nectarine, a glossy feel but shot through with intense and fine acidity, the finish is long, with lemon curd and a tight tang of acidity. So lovely. 95 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front November 2018

 

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