Due to last years bushfires, we have no Huon wine to release this year. But, in it's place we have been most fortunate to introduce Marion's, Bird and Tasmania into the expanding folio of Chatto pinots.
Our decision to release these wines earlier in the year will see two annual Chatto new release dates going forward - April 1 and August 1. This does require us to redesign the Standing Order set up which we currently are still working on (don't worry, we will update all current Standing Order patrons once this has been completed - there will be no change to your current allocation).
Also, there is the Savigny les Beaune - it is coming but may take us a while yet to bring it home. Good news though - we are making this wine again with the help of our friend Jane Eyre acting as Negociant.....I think there may possibly be 8 different wines next year - all of them Chatto Pinot! Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?
Another big change for us is we now seem to have a "cellar door". With Jim not travelling since February we have been able to get quite a few things done around the vineyard, house and winery - including finally creating a space to host guests (and Jim is actually here when people do come to visit - massive bonus) We began by offering this to guests coming to visit Fat Pig Farm next door and have been pleasantly surprised with the response. We are open by appointment only - you simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment.
The biggest change for us all this year has to be a direct result of Covid. The closing down and pivoting of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in particular has had far reaching effect. We are lucky to begin to see the normalising of things down here in Tasmania - but it all feels somewhat tentative still.
We had plans to host a dinner in Sydney at The Grace Hotel back in May, that's been rescheduled for a date to be confirmed. Pinot Palooza and Urban Wine Walks around the nation are also off the table.
If you currently are reading this in a place of lockdown I do apologise in advance for this next bit of news.
We are nervously excited to be doing our first ever Feast with Fat Pig Farm on August 29. Keeping it all close to home for now is necessary, though we do realise not everyone will be able to join us for sometime we hope to be able to repeat this experience in the future. The day will begin with a tour and tasting at our winery followed by a Feast luncheon of home grown Fat Pig goodness.
Finally, we are happy/sad to report there is an end to the availability of the 2019 Bird - all good things do come to an end but we are hopeful to be bringing more your way next year. We do still have a bit of Marion's and Tasmania available however in case you are in need of some home delivered Tassie goodness.
Thankyou as ever for your interest in what we do. The story we are writing is all the more fun if shared!
Wishing you a fabulous weekend, from our home to yours,
Cheers, Jim and Daisy
Planted in 1979 by West Tamar pioneers Marion and Mark Semmens, and now lovingly managed by their daughter Cynthea, Marion's is one of the oldest plantings in Tasmania. A dark fruited, brooding and muscular style. Our Marion's reflects the nature of this wonderful site and the structure West Tamar Pinot is famed for, whilst holding true to the Chatto house style of intensity over concentration. A serious wine for the cellar, or a perfect match for a good steak.
A blend of Bird and Marion's vineyards, this is a complex mix of red and black berry fruits and violets. Lifted 'five spice' and savoury notes brought together in a long and multi layered finish. Drinking beautifully right now.