An absolute stand out for the judges this year at the 2023 Marlborough Wine Show was the Isabel Estate Pinot Noir 2021.
All together, the team at Isabel won four trophies including the De Sangosse NZ Champion Current Vintage Pinot Noir, The Coterie Wine of Provenance and Wine Marlborough Ltd Champion Wairau Valley wine!
The Chief Judge, Stu Marfell stated: “It showed not only how far we have come with Pinot Noir in Marlborough, but also a glimpse into the future. Pristine fruit, combined with thoughtful and sensitive winemaking has created a wine with elegance and vibrancy,”
Alongside making an impression with their Champion Pinot Noir, Isabel Estate proved tough competition with their Chardonnay at the show.
The Isabel Estate Wild Barrique Chardonnay 2022 and Isabel Estate Chardonnay 2020 took the Champion current vintage Chardonnay, and Champion 2020 and older Chardonnay trophies, both sponsored by Bragato Research Institute, respectively.
Jeremy is a seasoned Marlborough expert and award-winning winemaker, Jeremy McKenzie concentrates on creating wines at Isabel Estate that accurately capture the local terroir. Jeremy is a true Kiwi hunter-gatherer, action guy, and winemaker who grew up on a farm in Hawarden in the Canterbury region.
Get to know Jeremy Mckenzie more on our Meet the Makers - Isabel Estate Edition here.
What does a Trophy-winning Pinot taste like you ask?
The team at Isabel Estate have gone above and beyond with this desirable Marlborough Pinot Noir with notes of violet and red fruits on the nose.
Intense and concentrated on the palate, with a very firm structure that shows elegance and has a very structured backbone. You will notice layers of red fruit that further compliments the perfumed violet characters that are further mixed with nuances of white pepper.
This Marlborough Pinot goes exceptionally well with a roasted leg of pork or lamb and seasoned roast vegetables.
The Located outside of Renwick Village in Wairau Valley lies the Isabel Estate Vineyards, right in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region.
Isabel Estate who are a component of the heritage's fabric of the Marlborough wine region with their small dedicated team who are 100 percent focused on single estate wines that deliver on the expression of site and provenance..
They truly stay true to their Marlborough roots creating nothing but 100% percent grown and bottled within the boundaries of their estate.