2021 Sato La Ferme de Sato Sur les Nuages Pinot Noir

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An elite Central Otago Pinot Noir made in very small quantity by cult winemaker Yoshiaki Sato.

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This is an incredible new world Pinot Noir grown and crafted by the hands of Yoshiaki Sato and his wife Kyoko.

It's right at the top of the tree for Central Otago, a beautiful testimony to the efficacy of organic farming and gentle, minimal-intervention winemaking.

It's powerful and pure and a very deserving of the praise that gets heaped on it each and every year. In relative terms, this is an incredible wine for the money and one that will no doubt mature beautifully for another decade or more.

96 points
"Aromas of iron and rust with strawberries and cherries. Lead pencil. Medium-bodied with layers of fine tannins with lots of juicy character at the end. Spicy and flavorful finish. Drink now or hold. Screw cap."
- James Suckling

Vineyard: Sato Pisa Vineyard Soil: Alluvial sandy or silt loam with schist & quartz gravel Viticulture: No pesticides, herbicides, system fungicides or inorganic fertilisers used Harvest: Hand picked. 3-26 April 2020. 24 hl/ha. Vinification: Natural yeast fermentation. 25% whole bunch. 28-32 days on skins. No additives except for 15 mg/L sulphites before bottling. Maturation: 22 months in French oak barrels. 16% new oak. Bottling: 11 March 2022 without fining or filtration. 3899 bottles produced.

96 points - "Aromas of iron and rust with strawberries and cherries. Lead pencil. Medium-bodied with layers of fine tannins with lots of juicy character at the end. Spicy and flavorful finish. Drink now or hold. Screw cap." - 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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