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
93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"Beautifully composed and wonderfully expressed, the gorgeous bouquet shows golden peach, rockmelon, vanilla and roasted hazelnut characters, leading to a succulent palate that is generous and flavoursome, while remaining elegant and balanced. The wine offers plenty of delectable flavours together with seductive complexity, finishing persistent and silky. $32.00. Certified organic & biodynamic. www.millton.co.nz. Sept 2018." Drink 2019 - 2022
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)
"The impressive 2015 vintage (4.5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels (15 per cent new), and oak-aged for 15 months. Pale straw, it has a fragrant, complex bouquet. Mouthfilling, it is rich, sweet-fruited, peachy and biscuity, with a slightly oily texture and excellent depth and harmony."
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