The Islander Estate Vineyards

South Australia | Kangaroo Island

Our Review

Established by one of the most famous Flying Winemakers in the world, Bordeaux-born and trained and part-time Australian resident Jacques Lurton. He has established a close-planted vineyard. The principal varieties are cabernet franc, shiraz and sangiovese, with lesser amounts of grenache, malbec, semillon and viognier. The wines are made and bottled at the onsite winery in true estate style. The property was ravaged by the terrible bushfire that devastated many (not all) parts of the island in January 2020. The fire consumed the entire vineyard and its infrastructure, the house, the laboratory and the office, which became the sacrificial lamb slowing the fire sufficiently to allow the protection of the winery and its stock of bottled wine, and the wines still in barrel and tank. Long-time friend and business partner Yale Norris has cut back every vine down to 20cm hoping that shoots would appear - many have done so, but far from all. If the regeneration ceases, the entire vineyard will be pulled out and replanted. Jacques Lurton has been in step with every move since and has formulated a contingency plan for the '21 vintage. Jeni Port's tasting notes for the Wine Companion 2021 should encourage those wishing to buy the wines online. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Malta, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Details

Rating
Winemaker Jacques Lurton, Yale Norris
Established 2000
Dozens 8000
Vineyards (area) 10 ha
Opening Hours Thurs-Tues 12-5
Address 78 Gum Creek Road, Cygnet River, SA 5223
Telephone (08) 8553 9008
Website www.iev.com.au