Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
Wantirna Estate is not far from the centre of Melbourne and was planted in 1963. The impetus for the vineyard began back in 1956 when Reg Egan married Bertina Curcio whose father was Italian. Wine and food were important in the Curcio household and so started a fascination with the history of wine in Victoria. Before long they had their minds on a vineyard somewhere in the Yarra Valley. Eventually they found a site and began there pursuit of producing elegant wines. Each cuvée is named after the granddaughters of Reg and Bertina with illustrations depicting each's personality by renowned Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig.
The 2020 Isabella really shows lovely fruit, not tutti frutti, with some fruit-forward flavours. The lovely long line of acidity is there but it’s balanced with ripeness; the grapes that were harvested around 12.5 degrees Baumé, which gives the wine an alcohol level of 13%. The oak is subtle and gives the wine a lovely finish. Single-vineyard sites like ours means that every year the wines are truly a reflection of the season. The 2020 was such a small quantity but we were still able to harvest the grapes in two batches to give the wine some different nuances. Added to the old vines we now have some replanted Chardonnay vines that are producing some absolutely gorgeous fruit. Isabella is very much a snapshot of the Wantirna Estate microclimate. It’s a beautiful wine with pureness and real drinkability – medium-bodied with a terrific mineral finish.