2022 Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay

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Well rounded, fine and fresh Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley. Only made in small quantities.

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The Isabella from Wantirna Estate is crafted from Chardonnay vines over 40 years old, grown on a gentle east-facing slope that gets the perfect amount of sunlight to grow top-quality Chardonnay grapes.

It's deliciously fine and fresh, with juicy stone fruits and floral aromas bursting from the glass, entwined with a delicious nuttiness and well-balanced acidity.

An enchanting snapshot of the Wantirna Estate microclimate with drinkability in spades.

95+ points
"So much flavour, and yet it still keeps itself fine and balanced... So lovely. Another year to settle into bottle, and then likely even more lovely again."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The 2022 Isabella chardonnay is a beautiful balance of restraint along with good ripeness. Made in tiny amounts - just 722 bottles - the wine truely reflects the season and is a snapshot of the Wantirna Estate microclimate. A real pureness of fruit comes from the 50-60 year old vines, gives the wine intensity and excellent acidity. It is drinking beautifully now, however it will age very well for many years to come. Just 4 barrels made.

95+ points - "So much flavour, and yet it still keeps itself fine and balanced. I’m thinking peach and pear, lime leaf, sweet spices and vanilla, a little salty oatmeal under that. It’s fleshy, ripe Chardonnay flavour with a savoury oatmeal and nutty nougat character, balanced acidity, a slight pithy grapefruit grip and bitterness, gently chalky too, with a long saline finish. So lovely. Another year to settle into bottle, and then likely even more lovely again." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

96 points - "No mlf and only four barrels made. A bright green gold. There's a lot going on here with its aromas of stone fruits, flowers, crushed rock and cashew and charcuterie notes. The palate is concentrated and textured, and there's a fine vein of acidity running throughout the wine keeping it taut and focused at the same time. Like all good chardonnay, don't drink it too cold, and this one will definitely reward another five to seven years, if not longer, in the cellar." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

Wantirna Estate

Wantirna Estate is a family affair, founded in 1963 by Reg and Bertina Egan.

This bucolic old-world-inspired vineyard is located not far from Melbourne town centre; now surrounded by suburbia, the proverbial rose amongst the thorns.

Now run primarily by Reg and Bertina's daughter Maryann, the estate produces a small premium range of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and classic medium-bodied Bordeaux blends that are elegant, classic and exceptional options for the cellar.

Reg describes their vineyard as a "never-ending world of change and enchantment".

Reg & Maryann Egan Wantirna Estate

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