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Chatto 'Isle' Pinot Noir
A vineyard selection, made from clones 777, 667 and Abel. About 25% whole bunch. This wine, and the Intrigue, are allocated to people with standing orders. It’s a good situation to be in, and given the cost and labour involved in starting a small vineyard from scratch, a nice place to be. Apparently there’s 1% Gewurztraminer in the ferment here, which is planted somewhere in the vineyard. Clever.
All the dried roses and musky spice, dark cherry, blood plum, cloves and wild peaty perfume. It’s all slate and dark cherry, melting graphite tannin, a little orange peel and peaty flavour, concentrated, slick and savoury, bright and well-etched, the dried flower perfume and sooty flavours are compelling, and interesting. It’s a wine of gravitas and purpose, and the finish is very long, replete with pencilly flavour and fine grained tannin, perhaps some poached strawberry and more of that signature spice and dried herb perfume trailing. Needs a few years, but so emphatic and good. It’s quite the wine. 96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
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