Isabel Vineyard and Dr Renwick

22-Aug-2013
The Isabel Vineyard was established by airline pilot Michael Tiller and his wife Robyn in 1980 after Michael noticed on his flight path a piece of land that was consistently frost-free, which was deemed especially suitable for grapes. The vineyard is one of the largest family-owned at 105 ha and has some of the oldest vines in Marlborough. Following over a decade of contract grape supply, the Tillers established their own label with a Pinot Noir from the 1994 vintage. The Tiller family is fully involved with the business, with daughter Jane Tiller and her partner Carlos Orgiles Ortega responsible for winemaking, Brad Tiller as vineyard manager, and Caitlin the sales and marketing manager. (The Tiller’s other son Luke has worked as cellar hand,) ‘Isabel’ is the premium label, with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and a Noble Sauvage from Sauvignon Blanc being produced. The ‘Dr Renwick’ tier was introduced to bottle the fruit from younger vine material and is named after Dr Thomas Renwick, after whom the town of Renwick was named. Here, I review new releases of both tiers, including the current Noble Sauvage. www.isabelvineyard.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Dr Renwick Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
  • Dr Renwick Marlborough Chardonnay 2009
  • Dr Renwick Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Isabel Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
  • Isabel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Isabel ‘Noble Sauvage’ Marlborough 2008

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