Standing Order is an annual allocation system we have established to fairly distribute our estate wines. Friends of Chatto on the Standing Order receive first offer on all wines as pre release, invites to events and other treats like museum releases .Join Standing Orders
2020 Marion's The 2019 Marion’s was a magnificent wine for its scale and tannin profile. Chatting with Jim Chatto today to discuss these wines, and he says he backed off on extract and pushed the wine less hard in 2020, in part because it’s just a more delicate vintage. I did so enjoy that little interval where Jim nearly produced a Barbaresco from Tamar Pinot Noir. Oh well, though this wine does have some similar traits, so that’s nice too. I’m not insane, you know. Red and blue fruits, orange zest, a whisper of aniseed and sweet earthy things, dried flower/chamomile perfume. Medium-bodied, all the bright red fruits, fine graphite feel to tannin, freshness and energy, and a long, dusty and fragrant finish of excellent length. So pure and lovely. Outstanding. 95 Points
2020 Seven Inch Medium red/purple colour, with a lifted fragrance of black cherry, spices, Campari, dried herbs and flowers, a tinge of root vegetable. A certain sense of whole-bunch fermentation. The palate is medium to full-bodied and intense, with a trace of stalky bitterness that will melt away in the presence of food. Impressive volume of flavour. A wine of perfume, detail and charisma. (Huon Valley) 95 points
2020 Intrigue Intrigue! Named for a pretty successful yacht that was hidden away in a shed when the Isle Vineyard was not a vineyard. Anyway, this is a new name for the standard estate wine, made from all eight clones planted on the vineyard. Ripe red fruits, blood plum, blonde tobacco, exotic spice, caraway seeds. A deep and rolling Pinot Noir with earthy flavours and spice, a sappy tamarillo tang, firm and sooty tannin, maybe emery board too, dried flower and cherry, distinct sort of ‘mineral’ feel, intense flavour, long and firm to close, almost heading into a Central Otago sort of thyme-laced and brooding intensity. Not shy, but very good. Rated : 95 Points
2020 Isle A vineyard selection, made from clones 777, 667 and Abel. About 25% whole bunch. This wine, and the Intrigue, are allocated to people with standing orders. It’s a good situation to be in, and given the cost and labour involved in starting a small vineyard from scratch, a nice place to be. Apparently there’s 1% Gewurztraminer in the ferment here, which is planted somewhere in the vineyard. Clever. All the dried roses and musky spice, dark cherry, blood plum, cloves and wild peaty perfume. It’s all slate and dark cherry, melting graphite tannin, a little orange peel and peaty flavour, concentrated, slick and savoury, bright and well-etched, the dried flower perfume and sooty flavours are compelling, and interesting. It’s a wine of gravitas and purpose, and the finish is very long, replete with pencilly flavour and fine grained tannin, perhaps some poached strawberry and more of that signature spice and dried herb perfume trailing. Needs a few years, but so emphatic and good. It’s quite the wine. 96 points.
With 25+ years of winemaking experience, Jim Chatto is also a senior wine show judge with over 20 years of experience across both regional, capital city shows and was the Chairman of Judges for the National Wine Show of Australia 2014-2016.
In 1998 Jim moved to Tasmania as the inaugural winemaker for Rosevears Estate in the Tamar Valley. He fell in love with Tasmanian Pinot Noir, and a girl called Daisy.
In 2000 Jim and Daisy left Tasmania for the Hunter Valley, but began the Chatto label to continue the affair with Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
We then spent the next six years searching for the perfect vineyard site. Isle vineyard is located in Huon Valley at Glaziers Bay. Warm, well-drained but in a very cool region, right on the edge of viticultural possibility. Planting began in 2007 and our first vintage (2012) was released in 2013.
In 2014 the fruit quality from pockets of the vineyard saw the introduction of the single vineyard Isle label. Currently only making two wines, in relatively small quantities, it is usual for us to sell out well before the next release.
We finally returned to live full time at Isle Vineyard in January, 2017. This was the first year our wine was made on site. (Previously we had shipped the fruit up to the Hunter Valley where the winemaking occurred, most recently at Mount Pleasant.)
The next release is the 2020 wines (Release date on May 1, 2021) This will be our ninth vintage from Isle Vineyard.