Thursday, September 6, 2018

2017 Chatto Isle Pinot Noir (Tasmania)

With a post from Brown recently, and now myself, is it possible that RedtoBrown is coming out of the hibernation induced by young children? Certainly this was a wine that raised me from my slumber.

I've written previously about the long-term journey that Jim and Daisy Chatto have been on to make great Pinot - 

Since that first release in 2012, they haven't missed a beat, and for mine they are producing some of the best Pinot in the country.
The Isle is their top wine, coming from a "purple patch" on their Isle Vineyard. Only 180 odd cases made. It's a blend of the 777, Abel, and 667 clones, and is made with sensitive oak input (1 and 2 year old barriques), 1/3 whole bunches, and natural yeast. As with all Chatto wines the vineyard is allowed to speak.

It's beautifully perfumed from the get go. The stalk influence clearly playing a part in wonderful and expressive aromas of dark cherry and florals. On the palate there is a great intensity of fruit, but it's not at all heavy, with a lovely mouth perfume to match. Hints of smokiness. Fine tannin. It's certainly young at this stage with some stalky spice not yet fully integrated. Time will resolve this though. It's long through the finish with some earthiness emerging as the wine opened up. Needs a few years in the cellar and then it will fly. Outstanding.

Rated: 95+
RRP: $75
Closure: Screwcap
Drink: 2020-2027+
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