Millton ‘Les Trois Enfants’ 2017
As this country embraces sustainable winegrowing, we have seen a remarkable growth in organic winegrowing with a greater interest and commitment to biodynamic regimes for grapegrowing and winemaking. Our wine industry has a unique and extremely valuable resource in James and Annie Millton who have over 45 years of experience of grapegrowing, nearly 35 of those under certified organic and biodynamic methods. Their understanding of how vines and environment interact is second to none here, and we must look to their wines as examples of the success of their philosophy and methodology.
One of James and Annie’s children is ‘Les Trois Enfants’ (or should that be three of their children?). This is a unique co-fermentation of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Muscat a Petit Grains. James states this is not a ‘blend’ as such, but a ‘selection of secateurs’ which is co-fermented together. It’s a wine that is challenging to make, but he talks of it being 200% ‘love and gratitude’. He affectionately calls it ‘The Three Kids’, and interestingly says it "hits all the points a quality Pinot Gris could offer”, a variety that the Milltons do not work with. I review the 2017 Millton ‘Les Trois Enfants’ here. www.millton.co.nz
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Millton ‘Les Trois Enfants’ Gisborne Co-fermentation 2017Blended White from New Zealand - GisbornReview Date : 18-Apr-2018Deep, golden yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with opulent and decadent aromas of savoury Turkish Delight, rose-petals and root-ginger, lifted by floral perfumes, wild honey and exotic grapey elements. This is rich and the componentry is harmoniously interwoven. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome with rich, up-front and opulent flavours of ripe tropical fruits along with savoury Turkish Delight, exotic florals, bees wax and caramel notes. The palate has plenty of vigour and the flavours are mouthfilling with excellent depth. The mouthfeel is rounded with a suggestion of unctuousness, with fine, fresh acidity in the background. The flavours carry to a long, lingering finish with a touch of classical Gewurztraminer varietal bitterness to meet the richness. This is a flavoursome and vigorous. dry co-fermentation of Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Riesling with decadent flavours and a rich mouthfeel. Serve with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 4 years. A co-fermentation of 65.8% Gewurztraminer, 20.5% Muscat a Petit Grains and 13.7% Riesling in stainless-steel and large format oak barrels to 14.0% alc. and 7.4 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic and Demeter biodynamic. 18.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $24.00