Chatto Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2017 (Tamar Valley, Tasmania) "...dark plum, cedar, exotic spice..."
Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as a slightly more approachable expression of the Chatto style.
The 2017 Mania Pinot Noir is crafted using the fruit sourced from three distinct regional zones across Tasmania. An individual vineyard from each of the Huon Valley, Tamar Valley and the East Coast of Tasmania and including multiple clones have been masterfully blended contributing great nuance and detail to the wine.
The fruit for this wine was hand-picked and hand-sorted. Wild yeast fermented and periodically hand plunged, this is a wine showcasing fruit generosity and vibrancy supported by the gentler handling in the winery. The wine was matured for 10 months in French oak puncheons of which 15% was new. A fragrant, lifted nose of red berries, dark plum, cedar wood and exotic spices instantly escape from the glass. The palate has serious depth and an intense burst of flavour but with a seamless mouth-feel pulled tight with soft tannins, pure fruit flavour, spice and fresh Tasmanian acidity.
"Made by Jim Chatto from a blend of Tamar, East Coast and Huon vineyards. The back label quotes Andre Tchelistcheff – “God made Cabernet: the Devil made Pinot Noir.” Nebbiolo, of course, was made through the gradual process of evolution…
Savoury styling with some smokiness, cherry and strawberry, a bit of lift, some rosiness and spice. It’s fine and leaner in style, but does deliver flavour, has a pleasing sort of ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, very fine dusty tannin, and smoky autumn leaf and roses trailing in the finish. Restrained, and quite sophisticated. Feels pretty young right now, and suspect it has a bit more to come." - 92 Points, Winefront