I’m quite a fan of James and Annie Millton’s wines. I’ve visited them twice in Gisborne, once in 2008 and then again in 2013. It’s a pretty place, and for some reason Millton seems to be able to make thrillingly good wines here, while most of the rest of the vineyards make simple stuff for cheap bottlings. This Chenin is just beautiful: an amazingly exotic yet fresh expression of Chenin that’s quite unique.
Millton Chenin Blanc Te Arai Vineyard 2013 Gisborne, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. Wonderfully lively, exotically aromatic nose: pear, melons, citrus and some spice, with some ripe apples too. Exotic, rounded palate with lovely pear and ripe apple fruit, and a bit of sweetness. Forward, delicious and quite complex, this is a really impressive Chenin Blanc. 92/100 (UK agent Bibendum)
Here’s a shot of James and Annie in one of their vineyards:
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The interesting thing about 2013 Chenin is that it went through almost full malolactic fermentation and is completely different to the other vintages. Still a great wine nevertheless! Bought a few bottles with natural cork and wax that James made.