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2015 Millton Clos de Ste. Anne 'Naboth's' Pinot Noir


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'This is a softly mouthfilling Pinot Noir with savoury strawberry, herb, undergrowth and smoky flavours on a supple palate with a peacock’s tail finish.'
18.5 / 20 Points - Raymond Chan

  • In 1984 James and Annie Millton established The Millton Vineyard on the banks of the Te Arai River near Manutuke, where the early settlers first planted grapevines in 1871. This region is situated on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand in the wine appellation of Gisborne. A pioneer of organic and biodynamic principles in the Southern Hemisphere, only two things matter to James and Annie: the quality of the wine and leaving the land in an improved state for future generations.

    Clos de Ste. Anne is a single vineyard situated on steep northeast facing slopes in the foothills of Poverty Bay. The 2015 Pinot Noir comes from older plantings off the original Naboth’s Vineyard.


    Hand-harvested and sorted fruit was chilled, de-stemmed and fermented in small wooden cuves made of French Oak. The young wine sat on skins for one lunar cycle (28 days) before being pressed and put into special 3-year air-dried barriques sourced from selected French cooperages.


    There is a lifted ethereal perfume of currants, forest floor and thorny rosehips, interwoven with the dried stems of fescue, fennel and wildflowers, the richness of ripe black doris plum and dark fruits enhancing the higher notes. Midway through the taste there is a sweet but gripping tannin grain which will allow this wine to age for time to come. A sense of a limestone streak of minerality lifts the wonder.


    'Light garnet-red colour with some depth, pale on edge with a hint of bricking. The nose is soft, gently full and voluminous with aromas of cherry and soft-red berryfruit, entwined with savoury strawberry and red floral notes, and nuances of herbs, fresh undergrowth, with complexing nuances of earth and smoke. The aromatics grow to show a soft density. Medium-full bodied, the palate has open and mouthfilling flavours of savoury strawberries with soft red floral notes, herbs and fresh undergrowth, and nuances of earth and smoke. The palate has supple tannin extraction providing balanced structure along with integrated acidity. The flavours flow with good energy, blossoming on the finish with strawberry, herb and floral notes. This is a softly mouthfilling Pinot Noir with savoury strawberry, herb, undergrowth and smoky flavours on a supple palate with a peacock’s tail finish.
    18.5 / 20 Points - Raymond Chan

    'Light, faintly herbal Pinot Noir with rose petal, violet, red cherry and subtle spicy flavours. A translucent and ethereal wine that's been made with a light touch. It really does seem quite typical of other wines I've tasted from this vineyard.'
    92 Points - Bob Campbell

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