Clos de Ste Anne ‘La Bas’ Chenin Blanc 2009


The Chenin Blanc evangelists of New Zealand figure among the innovators in the wine industry. Remember the Chan family (no relation) of Totara in the 1970s? Then Collard Brothers through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Nowadays its James Millton, Gordon Russell and John Forrest who are most passionate about this noble, but seldom-seen grape in New Zealand. Thank goodness there is a new wave of Chenin Blanc releases in the works, from the likes of Sam Smail of Sea Level, Simon Waghorn at Astrolabe and Black Estate in Waipara. The modern ‘godfather’ remains James Millton, who has bestowed his highest honour on the variety with a ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ bottling from a single hillside vineyard, and named it after his wife. This ‘La Bas’ Chenin Blanc from the superb 2009 Gisborne vintage has been held back from release until James deemed it ready. He says "If our ‘Te Arai” is about Vouvray inspiration then this ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ is about Savennieres. Power and longevity are the hallmarks of the Chenin Blancs from this appellation, so this is a wine that is deemed to be one of potential greatness. www.millton.co.nz


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