Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand


Imported by World Wine Estate - james@worldwineestate.com.au

Proprietor: James and Annie Millton
Year of Establishment: 1984
Size of Estate: 42.135 ha
Av. bottles/annum: NA

Website: www.millton.co.nz

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In 1984 James and Annie Millton established their 30 hectare wine domaine

on the banks of the Te Arai River near Manutuke, Gisborne.  Since the beginning all wines have been produced  from biodynamically grown grapes, and bottled on the property.

 

Their vineyards were certified organic in 1989 and in 2009 Demeter certification was achieved.

 

Their vineyards and wines were the first in New Zealand to gain full organic certification and amongst the first 10 winegrowers in the world to start the biodynamic winegrowing practice. They also grow citrus fruits, olives and walnuts and they have their own manure herd of milking Red Shorthorn cattle. James is considered one of the pioneers of biodynamic winegrowing.


 

VINES - vineyards 

riverpoint

Size
7.58 ha
18% of production
 
Owned
Hand harvested
Dry grown
Soil/s
Matawhero silt loam, friable topsoil phase
Varieties planted
Chardonnay, gewuzstraminer, muscat a petit grains, viognier, vermentino
Training system
vsp (vertical shoot position)
Fertilizer
biodynamic preparations produced on site. Green manure (oats, lupins, mustard), mulch, humus.
Pest control
<0.9 kg/ha/annum copper & sulphur / whey
Weed control
mechanical only
When was it converted to natural farming
1984
other
wild life reserve / nectar source

Te Arai (Clos Samuel and Clos Monique)

Size
8.64 ha
20.5% of production
 
Owned
Hand harvested
Dry grown
Soil/s
Matawhero silt loam, friable topsoil phase and Waipaoa silt loam
Varieties planted
Malbec, chenin blanc, viognier
Training system
vsp (vertical shoot position)
Fertilizer
biodynamic preparations produced on site. Green manure (oats, lupins, mustard), mulch, humus.
Pest control
<0.9 kg/ha/annum copper & sulphur / whey
Weed control
mechanical only
When was it converted to natural farming
1984
other
Bottle brush nectar source. Top bar beehives

Opou

Size
8.85 ha
21% of production
 
Owned
Hand harvested
Dry grown
Soil/s
Waihirere heavy silt loam-mottled sub soil phase and Kaiti clay loam
Varieties planted
Chardonnay, chenin blanc, riesling, Marsanne, muscat
Training system
vsp (vertical shoot position)
Fertilizer
biodynamic preparations produced on site. Green manure (oats, lupins, mustard), mulch, humus.
Pest control
<0.9 kg/ha/annum copper & sulphur / whey
Weed control
mechanical only
When was it converted to natural farming
1984
other
Orange trees

Clos de Ste Anne

Size
17.06 ha
40.5% of production
 
Owned
Hand harvested
Dry grown
Soil/s
Heavy clay over mixed sandstone, pumice and limestone ocean layer. Some slopes have wind blown loess over hard sandstone.
Varieties planted
Chardonnay, viognier, chenin blanc, pinot noir, syrah.
Training system
vsp (vertical shoot position)
Fertilizer
biodynamic preparations produced on site. Green manure (oats, lupins, mustard), mulch, humus.
Pest control
<0.9 kg/ha/annum copper & sulphur / whey
Weed control
mechanical only
When was it converted to natural farming
1984
other
Olives, walnuts, pine forest
 

Wines

libiamo

2014
Variety/ies
Gewurztraminer
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
100% from Riverpoint
Days of skin contact
78
Filtered
no
Fined
no
Elevage
600 L demi muids barrel / 7 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
40 ppm

Clos DE Ste Anne

2013
Variety/ies
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
100% from Naboths
Days of skin contact
28
Filtered
no
Fined
Yes - egg white
Elevage
225 litre selection of french oak barrels
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
60 ppm 

Millton La Cote

2014
Variety/ies
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
100% from Clos de Ste Anne
Days of skin contact
38
Filtered
no
Fined
Yes - egg white
Elevage
225 litre selection of french oak barrels
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
46 ppm 

Millton Riverpoint viognier

2014
Variety/ies
Viognier
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
100% from Riverpoint
Days of skin contact
A percentage has 77 days on skins
Filtered
no
Fined
yes - bentonite
Elevage
600 L demi muids barrel / 5 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
65 ppm