Millton ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ 2015 Vintage Release

08-Sep-2017
The most interesting and highest quality Gisborne wines are arguably the Millton Vineyard’s ’Clos de Ste Anne’ bottlings. The ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ site is a unique 12 ha hillside estate developed around the original 1980 plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that formed ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’. James and Annie Millton have developed the property to include besides vineyard, forest, amenity trees, livestock and olive plantations. The farming since 1989 has been by biodynamic techniques. In 2001, additional Pinot Noir, Viognier, Syrah and Chenin Blanc have been added. James Millton calls Domaine Clos de Ste Anne his ‘grand cru’ site, and the wines are of such distinctive character that he sees them as fitting tributes to his wife and business partner Annie.

I’ve been fortunate to have seen the full releases of the ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ since 2010, and can report that they are indeed special wines. The wines are inspired by the finest examples of their type from around the world, but clearly show the characteristics of the site, its terroir and the growing season. The wines ae made based on the accumulated experience of over three decades of winegrowing, and combine the philosophies of technical excellence with passion and soul, with the benefits of biodynamic regimes that are empathetic with the environment. I doubt that there are many other wines made in this country with such principles.

The 2015 vintage release comprises Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Syrah. Unfortunately there is no Chenin Blanc, as the fruit did not meet the style parameters of a dry barrel-fermented Savennieres, the model that has inspired the making of the wine. The fruit was declassified. I review the wines here. They are to be released on 1 October. www.millton.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2015
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ Gisborne Pinot Noir 2015
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘Les Arbres’ Gisborne Viognier 2015
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘The Crucible’ Gisborne Syrah 2015

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