2019 Millton Opou Vineyard Chardonnay
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 2019 vintage
"There is an immediate eye appeal which is shining and the floral aromas of orange and white blossom together with honeyed notes and nutty acorns which lead into a clean fresh yet soft complexity. It smells like yellow and tastes like the words from AA Milne. With time in the glass, the taste progresses towards a long and rounded mouth texture clipped with cleansing acidity and framed by silken tannins. It is soft and appealing and the mouth flavors have not been altered with any additional fining from animal products so it is an honest expression from our place to your face. Enjoy."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
"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!"
90/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)
"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."
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