2018 Millton Opou Vineyard Chardonnay

93 Points Cameron Douglas MS
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A harmonious and satisfying, organic Chardonnay from Gisborne. This is an icon wine from the world-leading biodynamic winemaker, James Millton. The slightly sappy, creamy richness of the Gisborne Chardie is here but with a gentleness and slightly lighter body, brining a nice sense of flow and delicate layering. It "has a good heart", as Raymond Chan once put it, and should satisfy any Chardie or organic wine lover.
$34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 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

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

Variety Chardonnay
Region Gisborne
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2020 - 2024

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