*Philip Rich, The Australian Financial Review Magazine – December ed.
Best wines 2015 – Top 20 – Chatto Huon Valley Pinot Noir 2014
It’s an exciting time for Tasmanian pinot. Jim Chatto, whose day job is chief winemaker at McWilliams in the Hunter Valley, planted his own small 1.5-hectare vineyard in the Huon Valley, South of Hobart, in 2007. Early results suggest the future couldn’t be more promising. Made using a blend of seven clones cropped at a low 5 hectolitres per hectare, this pinot has gorgeous aromas of red fruits, spice and dried herbs. Its medium bodied palate is vibrant, crunchy and long.
*Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com July 2015
Medium to deep, bright red/purple colour, with an intense, expressive aroma of blueberry and raspberry, with an overtone of sulfide. It’s intense and refined in the mouth, a deliciously light-bodied but intense fruit-driven pinot of charm and finesse. Real fruit purity and length, with just the right amount of tannin to provide structure which is persuasive but subtle. The sulfide blows off fairly quickly. A gorgeous, aerial, fragrant pinot.
97 Points; to 2029
*James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2016 ed.
The third release….Bright crimson-purple; fragrant cherry and plum blossom aromas foretell a beautifully sculpted, long and fine palate, the fruit having eaten the oak, the tannins a fine filigree.
95 Points; to 2024
* Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront 31 July 2015
Talking of stars of Australian wine: Chatto Wines out of a tiny vineyard in southern Tasmania has to be right up there.
The wine impresses; easily, fluidly, its touch velvety, its heart strong. It’s firm and smoky, reductive and yet beautifully fruited, its notes of herb-strewn cherries touched in equal measure by sourness, smokiness and savouriness. It billows with favour and yet it feels taut throughout; like a spinnaker. In short, its a ripper.
95 Points; 2015-2025
* Max Allen, Weekend Australian September 26-7 2015
Very pretty pinot with bright strawberry and raspberry fruit underscored by savoury flavours of wood smoke and damp humus.