2021 Le Ferme de Sato Les Violettes Pinot Noir

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Rare 97 point whole berry Pinot Noir from the skilful hands of Yoshiaki Sato.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Les Violettes is arguably the most seductive of the incredibly impressive Sato Pinot Noirs.

This wine is fermented as 100% whole berries, lending a brilliant brightness and levity to this cuvee.

It's a gorgeous expression of Central Otago, in a more red-fruited zone than many of the more muscular wines of the region. Supple, silky - this is a world-class Pinot Noir.

97 points
"This is a fantastic new wine... It evolves beautifully in the bottle. A triumph. Better after 2026 but already gorgeous."
- James Suckling

97 points - "This is a fantastic new wine with 100% whole berry fermentation with medium to full body, it is firm and layered, and has plenty of strawberry, cherry, cedar and creamy tannins. It evolves beautifully in the bottle. A triumph. Better after 2026 but already gorgeous." - James Suckling

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Based on 2 reviews
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2 reviews
  • LD
    LUKE D.
    Verified Buyer
    2 weeks ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Japanese inspired Kiwi Pinot bliss

    Good structure and flavour. Easy to drink

  • KM
    Keith M.
    Verified Buyer
    3 weeks ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely beautiful wine

    More delicate than most central Otago Pinots with that old world sophistication.

    Loved it

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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.

Yoshiaki & Kyoko Sato Sato

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