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 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This is substantial and spectacular. The opulent bouquet shows mango, grilled stone fruit, honey, potpourri, clove and lemon curd aromas, followed by a gratifying palate that is filled with rich fruit intensity and velvety texture, as well as spicy undertones. Fascinating and irresistible. At its best: now to 2022. $26.00. Certified organic & biodynamic. www.millton.co.nz. July 2017." Drink 2017 - 2022
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"Still available, the 2015 vintage (5*) of this Gisborne wine makes a big statement. Certified organic, it was fermented on its skins for several days, emerging with gold/amber colour and a well-spiced bouquet. Full of personality, it is sturdy (14.5 per cent alcohol), peachy, spicy and slightly honeyed, with hints of ginger and passionfruit, an oily richness and an off-dry (9.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish."
Bob Campbell MW
"Biodynamically-grown gewürztraminer that's a rich, golden colour thanks to spending several days on the skins. Very flavoursome wine with honey, musk, pot-pourri, tropical fruits and Oriental spices."
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