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2016 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir

2016 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir

I don’t want a big fruit bomb or a dark wine with blocky oak tannin. I want delicacy
and subtle memory that can accompany aromatic foods with flavour.'
James Millton, Winemaker

$33.99 Per Bottle


$203.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • 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.


    ‘La Cote’ is a section of the Clos de Ste Anne vineyard, situated on steep northeast facing slopes in the foothills of Poverty Bay. ‘La Cote’ is home to a collection of modern Pinot Noir clones and like all the Millton vineyards is dry farmed and has been cultivated biodynamically since 1989.

    A selection of specific slopes and planting comprise our decision as to where to source the fruit from for this wine. The soils are dense clay over sandstone, including the surrounding manuka scrubs nearby, giving fruit of smallish bunches and moderate vigour. The grapes are harvested by hand, chilled, sorted and de-stemmed uncrushed into small wooden cuves for prolonged fermentation using natural yeasts. Pressing takes place after one lunar phase – 28 days where the wine rests for a time more until being put to barrel.


    A bright fruited, expressive nose, with notes of dark cherry, juniper berry and an intriguing hint of fennel and manuka flower.There is a savoury taste with firm tannins and ripe fruit finishing with a lively mineral edge to balance. Unfined and unfiltered.