The Islander Estate Vineyards was established by renowned Bordeaux Winemaker, Jacques Lurton after falling in love with Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty on his first visit to the island.
He followed up by planting The Islander Estate Vineyards in 2000. Located on the Kohinoor Hills in the heart of the Island, the Estate’s north-facing slopes & friable soil provide near perfect cool climate growing conditions for varieties like; Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Semillon.
The Islander Estate Vineyards was hand selected for its combination of agricultural and vineyard potential, north-facing slopes and heritage vegetation. The 300-hectare property near Parndana has a 11-hectare vineyard with dense plantations of 5000 vines per hectare.
Kangaroo Island’s maritime climate is heavily influenced by the Southern Ocean’s breezes which play an important role in the ripening process. Although there is lots of sunshine on the island, crucial in ripening the grapes, the cooling sea breezes help protect the grapes which allows for a long, slow ripening period; perfect for creating great complexity of flavour in the grapes.
With Jacques’ Bordeaux upbringing, it is perhaps unsurprising he considers blending of varieties to be a crucial element in creating great wine. In the same way, a great chef uses a range of ingredients to make a complex dish, blending provides a winemaker with the opportunity to pick the best bits from different grape varieties to create a more complete and complex final wine.
Join us at our intimate Wine Tasting Room to experience The Islander Estate range. Centrally located at Cygnet River, take part in a guided tasting before relaxing with your favourite wine on the deck.
The Tasting Room is open 6 days a week (closed Wed) from 12 noon to 6.00pm.
For a special experience contact us for information about private vineyard tours.
The Islander Estate Vineyards wines are also available from fine wine merchants nationally or direct via the Islander Estate website.