Jim Chatto is recognised as having one of the very best palates in Australia, and has proved to be an outstanding winemaker. He and wife Daisy long wanted to get a small Tasmanian pinot business up and running but, having moved to the Hunter Valley in 2000, it took six years to find a site that satisfied all of the criteria Jim considers ideal. It is a warm, well drained site in one of the coolest parts of Tasmania, looking out over Glaziers Bay. So far they have planted eight clones of pinot noir, with a spacing of 5000 vines/ha. This will be a busman's holiday for some years to come following Jim's appointment as chief winemaker for Mount Pleasant and Pipers Brook. The '19 crop was lost to bushfire smoke taint, but the many Tasmanian vigneron friends of the Chatto family have come to the rescue, and while there will be no Isle Black Label Pinot Noir (estate-based), there will be sufficient Tasmanian-grown pinot noir and chardonnay to cope with demand.
A tiny vineyard in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. Making serious pinot fun.