Millton 2017 Rosé, and 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir


James and Annie Millton established their winery on Papatu Road in the Manutuke district of Gisborne in 1984. James and Annie researched and experienced winegrowing beforehand with experience overseas, returning in the early 1980s to develop Annie’s family vineyards at ‘Opou’, planted by Annie’s father John Clark in the 1960s, and the ‘Riverpoint’ vineyard, then setting up the ‘Te Arai’ vineyard, and ‘Naboth’s in the Papatu Station hills. From the outset, they approached winegrowing with organic and biodynamic farming as a philosophy and way of life.

The Milltons are pioneers in this country, and world-wide, in the modern scene of organic and biodynamic wines, and are an inspiration and a model to the industry today. The vineyards have grown to 30 ha of estate plantings, and the Milltons produce around 10,000 cases annually. The wines are of the highest quality, the ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ bottlings being the flagships. The ‘Millton Vineyard’ range is the premium, supported by the more affordable ‘Crazy by Nature’ and skin-contact ‘Libiamo’ wines. Here I review the new release 2017 ‘Te Arai’ Rosé, the 2016 ‘Opou’ Chardonnay and ‘La Cote’ Pinot Noir. www.millton.co.nz


  • Millton ‘Te Arai Vineyard’ Gisborne Rosé 2017
  • Millton ‘Opou Vineyard’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2016
  • Millton ‘La Cote’ Gisborne Pinot Noir 2016

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