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2016 Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc

2016 Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc

An oustanding rendition... It is superbly fruited and powerful on the palate, and offers impressive weight and texture.'
95 Points - Sam Kim

$29.99 Per Bottle


$179.94 (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.

    New Zealand's reference-point for Chenin Blanc and one of the best Chenins in the world for the price. Biodynamic legend James Millton has great dedication to this grape, with vintage variation allowed to express itself while somehow remaining classical.


    Over the years our determination to produce one of the world’s best wines from this variety is a seasonal challenge and a bottled fantasy. Up to four selections are made in the vineyard when we hand harvest the grapes. On the crush pad the stems are discarded as these grapes give up their juice very easily during the long slow press cycle. The juice is collected together and allowed to settle for only a short time as we need to keep the fine sediments, for it is here that all the nutrients lie which satisfy a well behaved fermentation. The fermentation and maturation take place in demi-muids (large 600 litre oak barrels) and stainless steel tanks. The wine matures in these vessels over time, and without the obtrusion of oak tannins, which would otherwise disrespect the subtle fruit aromas.


    Aromas of fresh lime zest and fragrant gardenias, this wine is taut and vibrant in a way that will show its maturity over a very long period of time. Flavours of fine wool and bush honey are enhanced by cumquat and ripe bouche pear aromas with a tingling aftertaste.


    'An outstanding rendition; the gloriously complex bouquet shows baked apple, fig, floral and lemon zest characters with the classic wet wool nuance. It is superbly fruited and powerful on the palate, and offers impressive weight and texture, brilliantly supported by subtle sweetness and firm acidity, finishing extremely long and engaging.'
    95 Points - Sam Kim

    'Brilliant, light yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth, paler on the rim. The nose is very fresh and taut in concentration with a good, deep core of white stonefruits and white florals with fresh straw notes and nuances of wet-stone minerals. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is very fresh and bright with a finely concentrated heart of white stonefruits and white florals along with thirst-quenching mineral flavours. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, the acidity very refreshing, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured phenolic threaded line. The flavours remain tightly bound, adding linearity, and the wine carries to a long, finely bound stonefruit and mineral finish. This is a taut, refreshing and thirst-quenching dry Chenin Blanc with white stonefruit, floral and mineral flavours.'
    18 / 20 Points - Raymond Chan

    'A waxy nose and hints of dried yellow flowers and cut dried straw. The palate has a bright, glossy and smooth core of fresh apple and lemon fruit flavors. Handy acid. It all stacks up nicely.'
    93 Points - James Suckling

    'Rich, creamy-textured Chenin Blanc with classic green apple, toasted nut and subtle honey flavours supported by fresh acidity. A medium-dry but perfectly balanced wine with ageing potential.'

    92 Points - Bob Campbell