2018 Millton Opou Vineyard Riesling

2018 Millton Opou Vineyard Riesling

4.5 Stars Richard Caro
2018 Millton Opou Vineyard Riesling
4.5 Stars Richard Caro

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Gorgeous, fresh, organixc and generous. Few can make good Riesling in Gisborne's warmth but biodynamic gurus Millton manage a great one. Moderate sweetness suggests a Germanic style but it is slightly different, with orange blossom and honey among many charming and inviting mineral and riper fruit nuances. Raymond Chan describes it in an uncharacteristically simple sentence: "This has delicacy and beauty with its softness." Indeed.

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$28.99 in mixed 6+ or $32.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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

Winemaker notes on current vintage

"Semi dry in taste there is a unique calcified character, which is sometimes seen in classic Rieslings from the old world. The fine acidity helps harmonise the phenolics and fruit sweetness. Vine age going back to 1981 helps build the honeyed spice texture in the mouth and now with very recent plantings of newly imported selections this adds lifted citrus fruit aromas and textures.The colours of a tear drop, a mouth-watering tingle of with succulent fruit, acid and phenolic balance surprise the taste. To me it’s all about the quenching acidity, lime. Full of luminosity this wine will, in time, develop more complexity with honeycomb and classic “ferner” characters. Serve cool."

5 Stars Michael Cooper ( 2014 vintage)

"Typically scented, with rich, lemony, often honeyed flavours, this is the country's northernmost fine-quality Riesling. Harvested from Gisborne vines of varying ages – the oldest planted in 1981 – it is gently sweet, in a less racy style than South Island wines. The grapes, grown in the Opou Vineyard at Manutuke, are hand-picked over a month at three stages of ripening, usually culminating in a final pick of botrytis-affected fruit. The 2014 vintage (5*) is a low-alcohol (9.5 per cent), gently sweet wine. Light lemon/green, with a fragrant bouquet, it is rich and rounded, with concentrated, peachy, slightly limey flavours, lively and lingering. A top vintage, it's a delicious, very harmonious wine, already drinking well. Certified organic."

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    2019 - 2024

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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