2018 Millton Clos de Ste Anne Chenin Blanc
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
96/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Perfumed with gentle fragrances of white blossoms and apple, honeysuckle and quietly spoken Asian spice. Complex and beguiling. On the palate - a wonderful and engaging acid line showcasing the floral and spice moments suggested on the nose, flavours of apples and white fruits, white soil mineral moments and a persistent coarse silk textured finish. Drink now or cellar, a lovely example to show off, best drinking from today and through 2026." Drink 2020 - 2026
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Classy chenin blanc with ripe apple, nutty, ginger yeast lees and subtle spicy flavours, with a nice struck-flint reductive character adding extra complexity. Attractive now but with obvious cellaring potential 01 APR 2020." Drink 2020 - 2025
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