2021 La Ferme de Sato Sous Bois Cabernet Franc

Highly Rated
"Sous Bois" translates to "Forest Undergrowth". This describes the earthy nature of this sumptuous Central Otago Cabernet Franc.

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Description

"Sous Bois" translates to "Forest Undergrowth", which is reminiscent of the earthy, savoury characters that present in Cabernet Franc grown on the Sato home vineyard.

It's a rarity to see this variety in Central Otago - a region dominated by Pinot Noir - but on the North-Northeast facing slope of Block Four of Kyoko and Yoshi Sato's vineyard, it gets to perfect ripeness.

As with all Sato wines, there's an elegance and freshness to this wine that harks back to something old world. It's very, very good.

95 points
"A pretty cabernet franc with red fruits such as plums and red cherries with flowers and stems. Medium to full body, with very integrated tannins and a purity and precision of fruit. Integrated tannins where you don’t see them but they are there. From the first planted vineyards of cabernet franc in New Zealand. Four barrels made. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling

Our Cabernet Franc has very complex nose. Not only fruits driven flavors but fresh grass, herbs, earthy humus or “forest undergrowth = Sous Bois”.

Cabernet Franc has grown healthy and big canopy with its large leaves. In the middle of summer time under the intense afternoon sunlight, we sometimes escape underneath the Cabernet Franc’ high canopy. Cabernet Franc’s Block 4 faces to North northeast so its high canopy can make the nice shade against the sunlight providing us with a great place to have a break. With the canopy receiving the full of the sunlight, we can see the beautiful bright green leaves shining to us underneath the canopy. We are feeling so calm and relaxed like to be “in the forest = Sous Bois”

95 points
"A pretty cabernet franc with red fruits such as plums and red cherries with flowers and stems. Medium to full body, with very integrated tannins and a purity and precision of fruit. Integrated tannins where you don’t see them but they are there. From the first planted vineyards of cabernet franc in New Zealand. Four barrels made. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling

Sato

Yoshiaki Sato and his wife Kyoko harbor a deep passion for wine that led them on a unique journey. Originating from careers in international banking in Tokyo and London, they took a bold step toward realizing their wine aspirations by relocating to New Zealand. After a brief period at Lincoln University in Christchurch, where they pursued a graduate diploma in viticulture & viniculture, they eventually found themselves in Central Otago.

Yoshiaki Sato honed his craft during a two-year tenure at Felton Road alongside Blair Walters and a time at Mount Edward with Duncan Forsyth. The year 2009 marked the inception of the Sato label, as they acquired organically produced grapes, crafting their first 250 cases of Pinot Noir. A fervent advocate for organics and biodynamics, Sato adopts a hands-off approach in the winery, relying on natural ferments sans commercial yeasts, eschewing additives in the fermentation process, and employing minimal sulfur just before bottling.

In early 2016, the Satos made a significant investment by acquiring a 5-hectare (3.2 hectares effective) east-facing plot on Mount Pisa near Cromwell. This chemical-free site, featuring Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir plantings, serves as a testament to their unwavering dedication to sustainable and quality winemaking.

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