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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
The Rest of the Story
Michael and Robyn Tiller got to thinking. Their Isabel Estate 128-acre vineyard was supplying the grapes for Marlborough's most famous winery, Cloudy Bay. How about making their own wine? So they did it, and here's the press reaction when their wines reached the U.K.:
"Look out for the Isabel Estate—it's one of the brightest new stars in New Zealand."
...Wine Magazine (we've written for them)
Isabel Estate is fast emerging as one of New Zealand's best."
...Observer Life (U.K.)
New Zealand grows the world's most southernly grapes. Spell that cool climate...so the Isabel wines are from three sun-shy varietals, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling...and the region's star, Sauvignon Blanc. My panel has already tasted the 1998 Pinot ($24) and gave it a resounding RECOMMENDED.
Finding Your Isabel
The wines have reached most major markets in the U.S.A. If you can't locate an Isabel, contact the office of Marc Kauffman, (415) 467-1030, FAX (415) 467-0133.
Missionaries planted the first vines in New Zealand about 180 years ago. We know the vines soon did well, because we have the testimony of a witness who stopped by to observe them in 1835. The visitor was...Charles Darwin!
This page created December 2000