Millton Vineyard ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ 2014 Release


The ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ releases from the Millton Vineyard are arguably the most interesting, high quality wines from the Gisborne district. The wines showcase the region’s best performing varieties grown in a unique terroir on a hillside site. James Millton calls Domaine Clos de Ste Anne his ‘grand cru’ site, and the wines are of such distinctive character to him that he sees them as fitting tributes to his wife and business partner Annie.

To assess the potential of hillside vineyards in Gisborne, James and Annie established ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ with Chardonnay in 1980. Since then, they have extended the plantings to include Pinot Noir, Viognier, Syrah and Syrah, and the 12 ha estate includes in addition to vines, forest, amenity trees, olive plantings and livestock in an ecologically integrated operation, which is farmed organically and biodynamically; Millton being certified BioGro organic since 1989, and Demeter biodynamic since 2009. The ‘Naboth’s’ vineyard is now complemented by ‘La Cote’, ‘Les Arbres’, ‘The Crucible’, and ‘La Bas’ which is dedicated to the most suited variety, the fruit going to the ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ bottlings..

The wines draw inspiration from the best examples around the world, but capture the personality of the site and its terroir, and are made with the overriding philosophies and sum of experiences the Milltons have accumulated from over three decades of winegrowing. They combine technical expertise with soul and emotion, and empathy with the environment, and the influence of perspectives beyond. Last year’s 2013 ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ releases figured among the best wines I tried in the year. The vintage was seen as an exceptional one in Gisborne (click here to see my reviews). The 2014s also have a strong standing. The whites are taut, concentrated and possess minerally complexities, and the reds are well-structured, the Pinot Noir a step up in richness. Here are my reviews of the new wines, due for release on 1 March next month.


  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2014
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘Les Arbres’ Gisborne Viognier 2014
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘La Bas’ Gisborne Chenin Blanc 2014
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ Gisborne Pinot Noir 2014
  • Clos de Ste Anne ‘The Crucible’ Gisborne Syrah 2014

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