Chatto 2018 Pinot Noirs
Winery : Chatto
Jim Chatto came to Tasmania in 1998 to be the winemaker for the then Rosevears Estate (now incorporated into Tamar Ridge Wines). His career path has led him to be appointed as Chief Winemaker for both the McWilliams group and also Kreglinger Wine Estates. Meanwhile, he and wife Daisy have established a vineyard at Cygnet and created their own Tasmanian label from fruit grown in the Huon Valley.
2018 Chatto Huon Valley Pinot Noir: Winemaker notes - ‘Stylistically we are looking to make a focused yet elegant wine of purity and balance that is true to the site, with the fruit spectrum right on the cusp of red and black (perhaps leaning to the red). Thus, still holding its natural acidity, vibrancy and line. Stalks are a component; though well embedded into the wine. Our crops are low (less than 1 kg/vine) so we are reaching this flavour profile at modest sugar levels.’
2018 Chatto Seven Inch Vineyard Pinot Noir: This is a new wine in the Chatto range. Over the past few years Jim and Daisy have been buying fruit from a tiny vineyard grown by the Max and Sue Kitchell, the grapes destined for the Huon Valley Pinot label. Despite being only a kilometre away from the Chattos' own Isle Vineyard, the pinot noir it produces is quite different. The wine is named after a favourite haunt of the Chatto family, the small beach which sits just below the vineyard.
2018 Chatto Isle Vineyard Pinot Noir (value $99): ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE MIXED SIX 98 points, Halliday Wine Companion 2020 Winemaker notes on the site - 'It is a warm North facing site located at 43 08 23 S. The soil/rock type is Permian Limestone and Calcareous mudstone, or as the locals call it ‘Cygnet Cement’. The block is littered with fossils from this period. Planting began in 2007, only Pinot Noir (1.5 ha) to nine different clones (predominantly the earlier ripening Dijon clones) – all on own roots. Spacing is 5000 vines/ha. Lovingly managed by Paul and Gilli Lipscombe.' Mostly 777 with some Abel Clone, 33% whole bunch in this vintage.