new zealand central otago
Grape variety: Chardonnay
" Le Chant du Vent 2020 " is a white wine made from Chardonnay planted in 3 sections from the top to the bottom of our own field.
Chardonnay was particularly notable for its characteristically small bunches in 2020, a year in which the labor involved in harvesting was rewarded with "very aromatic and impressive" qualities.
The concentration of the grapes is very strong, and the alcohol content exceeds 14% (although Sato believes it is ripe), so it is better to drink it in a slightly lower temperature range than usual.
The wine name comes from the fact that sometimes very strong winds blow in the fields of high altitude locations in Central Otago, and the sound that comes out when the wind passes through the fields sounds like a song.
Unfortunately, due to the production volume, the number of arrivals is less than last year, and it is very limited.
20 years full of aromatic charm . Otago's own vineyard (Biodynamic) is said to be the most windy in Otago, and it is said that sometimes the wind that blows through the vineyard makes a flute-like sound = the song of the wind. The entire field is divided into 3 blocks and mainly Mendoza clones are planted. Hand-picked, whole bunches pressed by human feet and basket pressed. After calming down in stainless steel, it is naturally fermented in old barrels and aged for 16 months ( with MLF , without battonage). A total of 15ppm of sulfites were added before bottling . Aged in bottle for 12 months or more. Unfiltered, no clarifiers used.
[ La Ferme de Sato (Sato Wines)]
Mr. and Mrs. Sato, who have studied with respected traditional natural wine producers who inspired them to aim to make natural wine mainly in France, and pursued "what is wine?" It can be said that it was
It was in 2015 that we finally found land with good conditions and started our own field project.
We found and purchased a suitable piece of land located on a steep slope with a reasonable size at an altitude of over 300m on average in the Central Otago Pisa area.
Biodynamic cultivation was started from the beginning, and five grape varieties , Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay, are planted in an area of 3.1ha .
The long-awaited first release of 2019 was unveiled in Japan last year and thankfully attracted a lot of attention.
This time it will be released in 2020 , which is the second vintage for LFS .
First of all, it is worth mentioning the climate conditions.
Even if you think in a span of 5 years, there will not be as cool a year as 20 years after 2021 , and it may be a vintage with special meaning over the next 5 years or more.
“Because 2020 was a cool year, the bunches of grapes were small, and in terms of production volume, it was small. , the expectations are only increasing.