Millton Crazy by Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011



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Winery/Brand: Millton Wines


A blend from our biodynamic Estate vineyards in the Gisborne winegrowing district. The original Riverpoint parcel was planted in 1978. Situated alongside the old Waipaoa riverbed the soils here contain high levels of fine silt and silken clays and these minerals assist in producing aromatic, dense wines. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean exposes the site to a cooling sea breeze during summer and this effect plays a pivotal role in capturing a special delicacy of flavour in the grapes grown from this site. Our Opou vineyard gives the wine a soft, warm mouth filling character, which can be enjoyed while still quite young.



The Story

“In 1984 they thought we were crazy to grow our grapes organically. We’ve spent the last twenty-five years proving that they were right! Now, it seems everybody wants to be crazy, and that’s just what this planet needs. Crazy by Nature – makes perfect sense.”

Notes from the Winemaker: The 2010 harvest was great, producing ripe grapes and full flavours. We have made this wine in a fruit-forward style with the freshness of an ocean breeze and the texture of fine silt loam. Aromas of white peach and acacia flowers give a pleasing brightness and energy. A hint of oak adds a wave of texture. The alluvial soils are reflected in the wet-stone minerality of the finish. A glass of Gisborne Sunshine!

A versatile food wine, particularly suitable with seafood, cheeses and summer salads. Serve cool. Suitable for vegetarians.

Wine from Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes. Drink Between 2011-2016.

Total acidity: 7.0g/l pH: 3.58
Alcohol: 13.0 %Vol. Residual Sugar: 4.0g/l
Harvest dates: 1st April 2010
Bottled on: 18th January 2011
Released on: 20th February 2011

"Named after the intense little grapes of Mendoza clone Chardonnay. Certified organic and biodynamic fruit from the ‘Riverpoint' and ‘Opou' vineyards fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine given light oaking. Full, bright, straw-yellow with light golden hues. The nose full with bright and vibrant ripe, yellow stonefruit aromas, with notes of butterscotch MLF and subtle oak. Medium-bodied, there are concentrated, up-front flavours of stonefruits expressed with good richness and without complication, with some nuances of butter and nuts emerging in the glass. Good acidity enhances the fruit-driven nature and there is a soft creaminess to the texture, providing a lively, fresh mouthfeel. This is a fruit-forward Chardonnay with accessible textures and some detailed nuances. Serve with antipasto, pasta and white meat dishes over the next 2-3+ years." 17.0+/20 - Raymond Chan, highly respected wine advisor, July 2012

The Specs

RegionGisborne, New Zealand
PackagingGlass Bottle