'Wine is sunlight held together by water.' Gallileo Galilei
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.)
To explore the style of wine we produce further, please see esteemed wine critic James Halliday’s tasting notes on all our wines below:
James Halliday, Australian Weekend Magazine November 24-25
2017 Chatto Isle
It has striking power, layered and intense, the flavours embracing black cherry, plum and exotic spices, the tannins expertly poised throughout.
97; to 2032
2017 Chatto Pinot Noir
Has the Chatto trademark perfume in the bouquet, and a long, finely drawn palate. The fruit spectrum covers strawberries and a splash of blueberry.
95; to 2027
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2019 ed.
2016 Chatto Isle
Clear, full crimson with plenty happening on the bouquet, cherry and plum both contributing. The palate is altogether serious, with a remarkable mouthfeel built around the foundation of precisely engineered tannins and hints of forest. Each time you go back to it the greater the purity, likewise the intensity. Received too late for the Wine Companion 2018, included in the 2019 ed. because of its exceptional quality.
98; to 2031
2016 Chatto Pinot Noir
The bouquet is still locked up, the palate anything but: intensely and immediatelyexpressive, dark cherry/berry fruits held in an embrace of fine but persistent tannins and an airbrush of French oak. Its balance and length guarantee a long future, with spices bursting through over the next five years.
97; to 2030
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2017 ed.
2015 Chatto Isle
Deeper colour than their standard Pinot, the bouquet and palate follow suit with darker fruits led by plums, the texture and structure still with the outstanding mouthfeel, balance and length. Tasted in the same month as it was bottled, which makes it unbelievably harmonious, its line and length flawless.
97; to 2030
2015 Chatto Pinot Noir
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; to 2028
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2016 ed.
2014 Chatto Isle
The first release of 50 dozen, 60 magnums from the best part of the estate. Clones 777, 115 and 8048, matured for 11 months in 1yo French oak. Bright, full purple-crimson, this is a world apart from the varietal Pinot Noir, more powerful, complex and deep, black cherry and plum driving the palate. Will develop superbly.
96; to 2029
2014 Chatto Pinot Noir
The third release….Bright crimson-purple; fragrant cherry and plum blossom aromas foretell a beautifully sculpted, long and fine palate, the fruit having eaten the oak, the tannins a fine filigree.
95; to 2024
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2015 ed.
2013 Chatto Pinot Noir
The perfect colour (hue and clarity) is a clue to the bouquet, with bright red fruits to stem and forest notes, the palate picking up those markers and translating them into a perfectly proportioned and balanced wine; while the primary accent is on varietal fruit, there is both a flavour and textural play from the fermentation methods and the oak, together providing silky tannins. Screwcap 13.5% alc.
96 Points drink to 2023
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
(For more reviews on Chatto there is also the reviews page on this website).