Monthly Archives: September 2020

Chatto ‘Marion’s’ Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2019


Chatto lost their 2019 crop in the Huon Valley to smoke taint from the bushfires that seemed to go on forever early in the 2019 season. My limited knowledge says that smoke is unlikely to affect grapes up until veraison (the time when grapes start to change colour from the initial green berries) but once veraison takes place, the crop is likely lost. No cashflow from your own vineyards – that’s a pretty big blow to a small producer, so Jim Chatto acquired grapes, in this instance, from Marion’s vineyard on the west of the Tamar River north of Launceston. I visited Marion’s vineyard (being Marion Semmens, current owner/winemaker) back in mid-2014. Some of you may remember the Beautiful Isle label that I brought up around that time. Nice enough but not enough consistency to see it remain on my pricelist. Jim Chatto’s obviously seen the potential of the pinot crop there and so has made 230 cases of 2019 Chatto Marion’s Pinot Noir. It’s never been made before and maybe never again”. Retails at A$65.


You might also like to try “the two other Chatto pinots”…

2019 ‘Bird’ Pipers River (north east Tasmania) – 10 btls – S$81 – Gary Walsh 94
2019 Tasmania – 9 btls – S$67 – Gary Walsh 95

Gembrook Hill Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018


Do I need to keep mentioning that Gembrook Hill is one of my favourite wineries? Probably not. Their chardonnay is usually only released in exceptional vintages; usually it goes into their Blanc de Blancs. Here’s what they say: “By comsumer demand, we reintroduce the still wine from our chardonnay grapes rather than reserving them all for our Blanc de Blancs. This stunning wine is in high demand and quantities are limited.”

I’ve got 7 BOTTLES IN MELBOURNE which are not caught by the lockdown and could possibly be here in a couple of weeks if ordered, even though I’m staying safe and saying late October.

You might also like to try the 2016 vintage – 4 btls – S$63 – Mike Bennie 95, but that is caught in the Melbourne lockdown

Home Hill ‘Kelly’s Reserve’ Huon Valley Pinot Noir 2018


98 James Halliday; 97 Huon Hooke; Double Gold 2019 Six Nations Pinot Challenge; Top Gold 2019 International Cool Climate Wine Show; Trophy, Red Wine of Show and Wine of Show 2019 Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show.

Another favourite vineyard. Great restaurant, great people too and great winemakers in Paul & Gilli Lipscombe. And, like Chatto, no 2019 vintage due to the bushfires. Still some for sale at the cellar door last time I looked at A$79. These are the last bottles and if they’re not sold, they’re going to my stash.