2019 Sato La Ferme De Sato Sous Bois
ORIGIN: Central Otago, NZ
GRAPE: Cabernet Franc
Special Notes: Natural fermentation. Best served chilled at 16-18c
Since day one in 2009 Yoshiaki and Kyoko Sato have been working towards growing and making wines from their own estate. First starting with fruit sourced from organic vineyards, and then later farming Northburn Vineyard, the intention was always clear; to one day grow and produce wines from their own farm.
Introducing La Ferme de Sato (Sato Farm), with the couple purchasing bare land in 2015, developing the vineyard for over one year, first planting in 2016, and then working tirelessly since to offer these wines with their first release from the 2019 vintage now in 2022. The vineyard is situated along the Mt Pisa Ridge, just north of Cromwell, where it is planted to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Tasting Notes: Pure and vibrant ruby in the glass, with aromatics of tart cherry and crushed strawberry, alongside hints of dried rose petal and lavender. The cool vintage reveals a wine which is lithe and ethereal on the palate, a bit shy in its youth, but with fine texture and tannin. A very pretty wine, already well-balanced and approachable. Seductive, with an elegant lightness that makes it very drinkable and Enjoy this juicy and round Cabernet Franc, with minimal intervention and organic principals this wine is lively and juicy, dark fruit like blueberries, boysenberries combined with white pepper notes makes it alluring.
Food Recommendation: Yakitori, Cheese, White Pepper Crab