Millton Chenin Blanc and Viognier 2011


James Millton has championed the Chenin Blanc and Viognier varieties just about longer than anyone else in the country. Though regarded as classic and noble varieties in France, having a history of producing great wines, they both have yet to become widely appreciated in New Zealand, despite the release of a number of superb examples, including several under the Millton label from Gisborne. Of the two, Chenin Blanc has been established longer and it its followers, and fine examples are being consistently made at Esk Valley and Forrest Estate, but there has been no significant increase in plantings. Viognier has been more successful, with greater interest in the market place and by growers, particularly in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne. High quality Viognier wines from Waiheke Island and Marlborough are being joined by examples from other regions. I'm sure James Millton would encourage consumer and grower interest in these two varieties, and indeed does by leading by example. I review his 2011 releases. www.millton.co.nz

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