*Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront 17 August 2016
There are a small band of newish wine producers in Australia who are quietly establishing must-be-on mailer lists. Wineries like Wendouree and Rockford have long held this status but wineries like Clonakilla (not so new), Serrat, Marius and Chatto (among others) are worth getting on, lest you’ll miss out. Chatto’s 2015 pinot noirs have just become available but already there’s not much left of them; indeed the Isle is largely sold out.
This has Chatto Pinot Noir written all over it. I tasted this blind and it stood out, in a good way. It’s dry, savoury and reductive with strings of woody herbs. Beautiful flow. Tension plus. Sweet almost-stewy fruits provide a rush of flavour. It combines elegance and prettiness to form charisma. Lovely.
93+ Points; to 2024
*Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com 8 July 2016
Medium-full red-purple hue; sweetly fragrant herbal aromas, balsamic, minty. Masses of gorgeous fruit to sniff and taste. Intense, fine, slim and lively in the mouth, but just a trifle bony and disjointed and needs more time. Excellent fruit and aromatics. I feel sure it will deliver with a little more time in bottle.
92 Points; to 2027
*James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2017 ed.
Eight clones, hand picked and sorted, 25% destemmed whole berries. 8 days cold soak, wild open ferment, 15 days on skins, pressed to French oak (24% new) at 1◦ baume for 10 months maturation. Intensely aromatic and flavoured, small red fruits a silken web also catching precisely balanced spices, fine tannins and wholly intergratedoak. A very high quality wine from its bouquet through to the finish, never wavering.
96 Points; to 2028