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
"Complex and fragrant, the engaging bouquet shows baked apple, mandarin and potpourri characters with subtle savoury nuances. The palate delivers excellent weight and intensity, brilliantly enhanced by succulent fruit flavours and silky texture. It is flavoursome and varietaly classic with a lingering refined finish. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2022. $32.00. Certified organic & biodynamic. www.millton.co.nz. Sept 2018." Drink 2018 - 2022
92/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Organic/biodynamic chenin blanc that's been fermented in large barrels for extra richness and complexity. Honey, apple and toasty flavours are the dominant characters gaining support from ripe acidity. 30/8/2018" Drink 2018 - 2022
18+/20 Raymond Chan
"The nose is fresh with well-concentrated and deeply intense, powerful aromas of yellow florals and yellow stonefruits along with notes of honey and subtle nutty nuances. This has a steely, mineral freshness underlining the aromatics. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is softly presented with gently unctuous flavours of yellow stonefruits and yellow florals, along with honeysuckle notes. The fruit forms a rich, soft, rounded core with a little acid freshness lending tension. The wine flows softly and smoothly to a gentle, honied finish. Match with roasted white meat dishes over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Te Arai’ vineyard, fermented in 600 L demi-muids and tank to 12.0% alc. and 5.6 g/L RS. Certified Biogro organic and Demeter biodynamic. 18.0+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $32.00." Drink 2018 - 2022
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