We have received just two mixed cases from La Ferme de Sato. These are available only as a mixed case (of 12), and will be shipped from our Auckland store.
As many of you know by now, 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. Just 5 hectares in size (3.2 hectares under vine), the soils are rooted in mineral-abundant schist and quartz with a thin layer of windswept loam.
The vineyard has been planted and managed organically and biodynamically since day one in order to build soil structure with the help of biological diversity, and just 3 vintages ago the Satos also built their winery on site too. The winery is complete with a temperature and humidity controlled barrel aging room, allowing these wines to be aged until they are deemed ready for release.
Testament to their desire for perfection and level of dedication, after nearly 7 years since starting the project, only 4 of the first 5 wines are ready to be released (that is, all but the Pinot Noir, which they intend to age further).”
With the 2019 vintage being so small (and consequently our allocation), we have decided to split all four wines in this release fairly and evenly, offering them as a mixed case of 12 bottles.
In this release you will receive:
2x 2019 La Ferme de Sato 'Alyssum' Gamay Noir
2x 2019 La Ferme de Sato 'Sous Bois' Cabernet Franc
4x 2019 La Ferme de Sato 'Le Chant du Vent' Chardonnay
4x 2019 La Ferme de Sato 'Schisteux' Chenin Blanc
Please note this is the only way these wines will be released and made available in New Zealand. There is no additional stock available to order.