Over the past decade, demand for Chardonnay has grown exponentially. Isabel Estate has thought carefully about the future of its Chardonnay production and made the strategic decision to replace 3500 Riesling vines from Block 1 in the north-east corner of the estate with Chardonnay clone 548.
Block 1 is a warm corner of the vineyard with alluvial free draining soils, perfect for growing high quality Chardonnay and the vines are close planted, keeping with the rest of the Isabel Estate vineyard and promoting depth of flavour in the grapes.
This particular clone is recognised for producing fruit of intense ripeness, with a lower yield and looser bunches for higher quality. It already grows across the estate and has reliably produced fruit of an extremely high standard. We have no doubt these new Chardonnay vines will produce fruit of the same intensity with their very own unique expression of character that will enhance our Chardonnay production for the future and add further to our range of internationally recognised and award-winning Chardonnays.
“Chardonnay is a flagship variety for Isabel Estate. The micro-climate in this particular corner of the estate is ideally suited to producing Chardonnay of exceptional quality. I look forward to the first vintage and can’t wait to see what we can create in the winery.” Jeremy McKenzie, Chief Winemaker