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2012 Pinot Noir

Jim on the Chatto style

Stylistically we are looking to make a focused yet elegant wine of purity and balance that is true to the site, with the fruit spectrum right on the cusp of red and black (perhaps leaning to the red). Thus, still holding its natural acidity, vibrancy and line. Stalks are a component; though well embedded into the wine. Our crops are low (~1 kg/vine) so we are reaching this flavour profile at modest sugar levels: between 12.5-13.5 Be; The 2012 was 12.8-13.2 Be (depending on the clone.)

James Halliday,
 The Australian May 11, 2013

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. 13% alc; screwcap
96 points; drink to 2020; $45