Chatto Marions Pinot Noir 2020


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The Wine

Planted in 1979 by West Tamar’s pioneers Marion and Mark Semmens, and now lovingly managed by their winemaker daughter Cynthea, Marion’s Pinot Noir is one of the oldest plantings in Tasmania. A dark berry fruited, brooding and muscular style, Our Marion’s reflects the nature of this wonderful site, and the structure West Tamar Pinot is known for, whilst holding true to the Chatto house style of intensity over concentration, and natural balance.

The Review

"The 2019 Marion’s was a magnificent wine for its scale and tannin profile. Chatting with Jim Chatto today to discuss these wines, and he says he backed off on extract and pushed the wine less hard in 2020, in part because it’s just a more delicate vintage. I did so enjoy that little interval where Jim nearly produced a Barbaresco from Tamar Pinot Noir. Oh well, though this wine does have some similar traits, so that’s nice too. I’m not insane, you know.

Red and blue fruits, orange zest, a whisper of aniseed and sweet earthy things, dried flower/chamomile perfume. Medium-bodied, all the bright red fruits, fine graphite feel to tannin, freshness and energy, and a long, dusty and fragrant finish of excellent length. So pure and lovely. Outstanding."

95Pts, Gary Walsh, Winefront