SATO

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    Yoshiaki Sato and his wife Kyoko moved to Central Otago in 2006 and have been producing wines made with minimal intervention ever since. Yoshiaki and Kyoko have completed vintages together in Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace and to this day work under the mentorship of Pierre Frick. Until now Yoshiaki and Kyoko have been sourcing fruit from organic vineyards around Central Otago and in early 2016 purchased his own farm in the Pisa sub-region which he has planted with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir. Wines from Sato’s own vineyard are not expected until 2021-2.

    Sato’s wines are atypically Central Otago; picked early with fresh acidity and perfect fruit ripeness, the wines are softer on the palate and more expressive of time and place than the more fruit-sweet, over-worked and youthfully-aggressive wines of the region. These wines are more feminine in character and more elegant than most other wines of the region. 

    Since 2014, Sato has been working in the vineyard at Northburn Station, taking care of the vines throughout the entire season. In addition to this, they also source organically grown fruit from a Pisa Terrace site:

    Northburn Station – Biodynamically farmed (no longer certified) – Sandy, stony loam over river gravels with mineral schist and quartz: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Gris L’Atypique, Pinot Noir Northburn.

    Pisa Terrace – Organically farmed (Biogro Organic certified) – Graveley, free-draining loam with schist and quartz: Pinot Noir Pisa Terrace, Pinot Noir L’Insolite.

    Annual production: 1,400 cases

    Central Otago, New Zealand

    13 products
    SATO L'Insolite Pinot Noir 2018
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $119.99
    SATO Pisa Terrace Pinot Noir 2018
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $59.99
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    SATO La Ferme de Sato 'Sous Bois' Cabernet Franc 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $69.99
    SATO Northern Pinot Noir 2018
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $59.99
    SATO La Ferme de Sato 'Schisteaux' Chenin Blanc 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $69.99
    SATO Pisa Terrace Pinot Noir 2018
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $59.99
    Sold Out
    SATO La Ferme de Sato 'Sous Bois' Cabernet Franc 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $74.99
    SATO Northern Pinot Noir 2018
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $59.99
    SATO La Ferme de Sato 'Schisteaux' Chenin Blanc 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $74.99
    SATO La Ferme de Sato 'Le Chant du Vent' Chardonnay 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $69.99
    SATO L'Insolite Pinot Noir 2018
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $119.99
    SATO L'Atypique Pinot Gris 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $45.99
    SATO La Ferme de Sato 'Le Chant du Vent' Chardonnay 2019
    Central Otago, New Zealand
    $69.99