The first biodynamic estate in New Zealand (and the first in the Southern Hemisphere to gain Demeter certification), James and Annie Millton have been growing wine in Manutuke on the banks of the Te Arai river in Gisborne since 1984. Farmed from inception in this manner, it was built on the backbone of family winegrowing in the area, with both James and Annie's parents having vines in what is now known as "Opou" and "Riverpoint". The Clos de Ste. Anne is a single vineyard situated on steep north-facing slopes in the foothills of Poverty Bay. The grapes are all hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts present in the vineyard. The estate is mostly known for their Chenin Blanc - a benchmark for the country - but they also grow wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Jamie Goode ( Wine Anorak )
"This is all about the phenolics, says James Millton. It’s made in 300 litre barrels and the high-ish pH
gives a sort of salty character, with phenolics giving freshness. ‘The word umami creeps into it,’ he
says. ‘One thing I like is the saliva reaction.’ Most of the wine is made by taking bunches, crushing
them and letting them sit for 6 h before pressing, but 8% gets 86 days’ skin contact. Powerful, salty
and savoury with some spiciness and rich pear fruit. There’s some spicy, peppery character under
the rich fruit and lovely orange peel notes leading to a juicy finish. Amazing texture and depth here:
this is a beautiful, energetic wine."
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