Review – Huon Valley Pinot Noir 2012

*   Gary Walsh, The Wine Front Nov 7, 2013

A first release from Chatto’s Isle Vineyard, down in the Huon Valley.

Raspberry, spice, minor stalk with subtle cedar oak and violet perfume. Light to medium bodied and pure fruited, built on fine acid rather than tannin – bony structure draped in elegant red fruits is what you might say, if you were fanciful – though the more prosaic would offer clarity, line and prettiness as being the order of the day. Firm, super long finish with a musky aniseed perfume. A wine of delicacy and great charm, brightly lit so as it seems translucent. A gem of a Pinot Noir.

95 Points; 2014-2022

*  Jim Chatto’s Pleasant irony
The Australian May 11, 2013

QUIETLY spoken 40-year-old Jim Chatto is one of the most talented winemakers in Australia.
Whether he is the best of all will come into focus over the next few years following his move to the McWilliam’s group, announced this month. His job there will be multi-layered; he will assume direct responsibility for Mount Pleasant, replacing long-serving winemaker Phil Ryan who is retiring, but he will also cover the group’s winemaking operations elsewhere, notably in the Hilltops region (Barwang), Coonawarra (Brand’s Laira) and Margaret River (Evans & Tate), and the vinous nerve centre at Hanwood in the Riverina.


2012 Chatto Pinot Noir

The vines were not planted until 2007, and Chatto believes even better wines are in store with greater vine age. Vivid, crystal clear, purple-crimson; the wine was open-fermented with 25% whole bunches, and then matured in French puncheons (30% new). The bouquet is highly perfumed, and the red and black fruit palate is as pure, refined and long as everything suggests it should be. A pinot lover’s pinot.

96 Points; 2020