2020 Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc

92 Points Richard Caro
In stock
A New Zealand and world benchmark for Chenin Blanc. James Millton is a legend of biodynamic wine and has great dedication to this grape, allowing vintage variation to express itself with in a classical range -- with stonefruits and honeyed citrus offering nice concentration, drive and harmony on the palate. A gorgeous wine to cellar or decant with fish.
$34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle


Chenin Blanc

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

94/100 Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier (2018 vintage)

"A captivating bouquet of fresh white fleshed fruit, whispers of white and exotic flowers. Red and yellow apple, white clay and mineral core, soft white baking spices and lots of energy. On the palate - plush, fresh and delicious, a completely captivating wine on the palate with fine gentle creamy texture, mineral wild flowers, lively acid line and fruit flavours that mirror the nose. A great example, perfectly balanced, lengthy and just dry." Drink 2020 - 2024

92/100 Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)

"Rich, weighty wine with appealing varietal flavours of apple, peach, floral and subtle spice flavours supported by fine, tangy acidity. Deliciously approachable now but no rush 1/4/2020." Drink 2020 - 2025

Variety Chenin Blanc
Region Gisborne
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2027

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH
with PORK



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