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Millton Vineyards - 'Opou Vineyard' Chardonnay 2018 Millton Vineyards - 'Opou Vineyard' Chardonnay 2018

Millton Vineyards - 'Opou Vineyard' Chardonnay 2018

Capturing sunshine every drop.

Single Bottle:

$27.50
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Type:White

Varietal:Chardonnay

Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:12%

Region:Gisborne

Country:New Zealand

Tasting Notes

Opou Chardonnay reveals notes of tropical fruit and peach, dried herb seasoning, savoury old wood. Rich fruit, balanced acidity, flinty texture, almost a lime and grapefruit tang to the aftertaste, along with a little drizzle of butter. Good.

Technical Info

Brand:Millton Vineyards

Closure:Screwcap

Organic Certification:BIOGRO - 99

Country of Origin:New Zealand

Serving Temperature:10-13°C

Drink By:2028

Wine Ageing:15 months of aging in French oak barrels.

Winemaking Style:Modern / low-intervention

Harvest:Hand-harvested

Winemaking:The fruit was chilled and pressed directly to small French oak barrels (15% new oak) where they waited until the fermentation started in its’ own time. Selected barrels underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the palate and increase texture.

Viticulture:A mixture of Chardonnay clones mostly from Mendoza selections. The soil type is complex clay loam over river-derived silts giving wines of aroma and texture.

Food Pairing:Lobster bisque, Roasted chicken with herb butter, Buttered lobster tail, Chicken Alfredo, Garlic butter scallops, Herb-crusted cod, Creamy garlic and herb pasta, Butternut squash and sage gnocchi.

Reviews and Accolades

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

90

The Real Review - Bob Campbell MW

Rich, fleshy organic chardonnay with peach, anise, spice, toasted pine nut and a hint of honey. A smooth-textured, crowd-pleasing wine that delivers plenty of flavour.

Taste Profile

Light

Full Body

Dry

Sweet

Fruity

Savoury

Acidity

Millton Vineyards

In 1984, James and Annie Millton founded The Millton Vineyard near Manutuke, New Zealand. The region has a rich grape-growing history dating back to 1871. Annie's father, Mr. John Clark, had established vineyards at 'Opou' in Manutuke in the late 1960s. After gaining experience in renowned wine regions in France and Germany, including Champagne Bollinger and Maison Sichel in Bordeaux, James and Annie returned to Gisborne. In 1984, they founded The Millton Vineyard. Their early releases, including Riesling and Chenin Blanc, quickly gained recognition, winning numerous awards and gold medals. Their wines, like the 1992 Gisborne Chardonnay, received international acclaim. The Millton Vineyard comprises three Gisborne vineyards: Opou, Te Arai, and the Clos de Ste. Anne, all located in Manutuke. The region's unique character results from its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its geologically youthful sedimentary soils. Cooling sea breezes create a friendly, temperate climate. All their vineyards adhere to traditional viticultural practices. They dry-farm the vineyards and avoid using insecticides, herbicides, systemic fungicides, or soluble fertilizers, demonstrating a commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly winemaking.

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