Yoshiaki Sato and his wife Kyoko started ‘Sato Wines’ in 2009 in Central Otago and have been a force to be reckoned with in the wine world from day one. With a heavy focus on producing natural wines, with minimal intervention ‘Sato wines’ have been a coveted treasure in New Zealand since its inception. Both Yoshiaki and Kyoko have completed vintages together in Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace and to this day work under the mentorship of Pierre Frick. Over the years Yoshiaki has been sourcing fruit from organic vineyards around Central Otago however purchased his own farm in the Pisa sub-region in 2016 where he has planted Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir. The first release of his own vineyard were released in 2018.
‘Sato’s wines’ are classic Central Otago in style; 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 conventionally finished, overworked and youthfully-aggressive wines of the region. These wines are more feminine in character and more elegant than most other wines of the region.Satos Pinot Noir is initially savoury based that leads into intense flavours of berry fruits, cherries and currants. Tight tannin structure give a persistent and firm structure.
To find out more about the Sato range visit the Sato Wines Website here.