Jim Chatto is recognised as having one of the very best palates in Australia, and has proved to be an outstanding winemaker. He and wife Daisy long wanted to get a small Tasmanian pinot business up and running, but having moved to the Hunter Valley in 2000, it took six years to find a site that satisfied all of the criteria Jim considers ideal. It is a warm, well drained site in one of the coolest parts of Tasmania, looking out over Glaziers Bay.
To quote Jim Chatto, The Isle Pinot Noir is from “the purple patch in the vineyard.” It’s taut. It’s not dense but it’s powerful. It has reductive characters but they’re complexing rather than excessive. I described last year’s release as exquisite and this is the equal of it. It crackles with dried leaves, woodsmoke, cranberry, red and black cherry and woodsy spice. There’s a garden herb character, particularly through the finish, but it gets swept up in the overall rush. We’re in elite territory here. Tasted: Jul 19; Alcohol: 13.4%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2030+; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Clones 777 (80%), Abel (15%) and 667 (5%), 1.5ha planted in ‘07. The most immediate (in the best sense) of the three '18 Chatto Pinots. It has the greatest texture and tannin chariots pulling the red berries/fruits across and along the palate with an obvious air of ‘get out of my way'. Its overall impact is distinctly Burgundian, which sets it apart. Drink by: 2033; Date Tasted: Mar 2019; Alcohol: 13.4%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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