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 Cameron Douglas MS
"Cashew nut and white peach, red apple and baked lemon, vanilla, flowers and custard. A delightful, opulent and alluring bouquet. On the palate - dry with a silky cream textured entree, flavours of white and yellow orchard fruits, apple and grapefruit peel. wood spice and floral moments, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. Perfectly balanced, lengthy and well made. What’s not to like!" Drink 2020 - 2024
90/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell MW
"Rich, fleshy organic chardonnay with peach, anise, spice, toasted pine nut and a hint of honey. A smooth-textured, crowd-pleasing wine that delivers plenty of flavour. 01 APR 2020." Drink 2020 - 2023
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