Huon Hooke, GT Wine Magazine
An astonishing wine from vines just ten years old. It’s tremendously intense, powerful and long, with great fleshy texture and drive. Firm tannins add their stamp of authority. Vegetal, whole bushy notes have a hint of fragrant Italian herbs. A very exciting wine
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine November 24-25 2018
Strange, then, that one of the best winemakers today, 46 year old Jim Chatto, has moved between the Hunter Valley and southern Tasmania since he began his distance education degree in wine science and applied for his first job at Mount Pleasant in 1994. He didn’t get the job, instead joining nearby Tamburlaine. in 1998 he obtained his degree and became winemaker in charge at Rosevears Estate in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, where I came face to face with the most talented associate wine judge I have ever met. After two years he moved back to the Hunter Valley and worked for First Creek Wines (2000-07), Pepper Tree Wines (2007-12), and then McWilliams as group winemaker.
The circle complete? Yes and no. In 2000 he and wife Daisy established their eponymous vineyard overlooking Glaziers Bay in Far South Tasmania. In August 2017, McWilliams and Kreglinger/Pipers Brook announced he had been appointed chief winemaker for both groups. While he and Daisy have long term plans for Chatto, Mount Pleasant is also dear to his heart. He has passed the baton to Adrian Sparks, having transformed the approach to the mosaic of its priceless vineyards.
2017 Isle Pinot Noir
A four-clone block, fermented with 33% whole bunches, matured for 11 months in used French puncheons. It has a striking power, layered and intense, the flavours embracing black cherry, plum and exotic spices, the tannins expertly poised throughout.
97 Points; to 2032