Region: Yarra Valley - Victoria
Winemaker: Chris Catlow
Varietal(s): 100% Chardonnay
"It’s fascinating to see the interpretations of assorted high quality winemakers. This is the take of Chris Catlow. This has a lean, piercing element but so too does it boast grapefruit and sunny peach characters. You could accuse it of being lean and linear but you couldn’t accuse it of being too light-on. Matchstick, gun smoke and roasted bran-like characters dance across both the nose and the palate. Fine fruit; fine style; fine drinking."
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
"I want you to be able to sit down and clearly see each region in the glass. I started Sentiō to show my passion for Chardonnay and its ability to show a unique place better than any other variety in the world. My winemaking style is a culmination of the knowledge gained from every person and place I’ve come into contact with since running around in vineyards as a kid. I make three chardonnays from different regions following the same winemaking philosophy for all, thus showing a snapshot of each GI through the variety. I keep only one french cooper and toast profile in the winery. I've seen this oak via many burgundies, always loved it. It can be a little dominant in the wines youth, but I've always seen it integrate so well with time. Generally all the whites are around 10 months in oak, about 15% new across the board. I don't allow any of the whites to go through malolactic fermentation. For me, all the boring terms aside, intuition is the best tool any winemaker can have. If you've predetermined every detail of your wines pathway before you see it you wind up on the wrong side of plain. Intuition is so important for red wines. In the process of fermentation, tasting and reacting are fundamental to the end product."
Chris Catlow - Winemaker, Sentiō Wines