The Miltons are leading New Zealand proponents of biodynamics and run the leading winery in the Gisborne region, where most of the vineyards are in the hands of the big producers. Endeavouring to produce ‘natural’ wines, the Milltons have succeeded admirably in making whites of good fruit richness and intensity. The warm but humid Gisborne autumns favour the development of botrytis and the wines are often characterised by the extra intensity and flavours this brings. From around 20 ha (across the Riverpoint, Opou, Te Arai and Naboth’s vineyard sites) there has been real success with three varieties in particular: Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc has been the country’s best since the late 80s and the Riesling has rarely been surpassed, but there is a purity and intensity to the fruit in all three wines. More recently, a Viognier and a Gewürztraminer have been made. Late-harvested ‘Special Bunch Selection’ versions of Riesling and Gewürztraminer are also produced as is some red, including a Pinot Noir. A red blend, Cosmo red as well a Chenin and a Chardonnay are made under the very affordable (£B) Crazy by Nature label and a number of premium releases coming from the Naboth site and labeled Clos de Ste. Anne (£E). Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah are all released.
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