Millton La Cote Pinot Noir 2013

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  • Certified Organic
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Wild (Natural) Yeast Fermentation


Winery/Brand: Millton Wines


A bright fruited, expressive nose with notes of dark cherry, juniper berry and fine burnished leather, yet with a subtle hint of roses. Savoury touches add complexity to the svelte palate and the taste is firm and alert with a lively mineral edge to balance.



The Story

‘La Cote’ is a section of the Clos de Ste Anne vineyard, situated on steep northeast facing slopes in the foothills of Poverty Bay. ‘La Cote’ is home to a collection of modern Pinot Noir clones and like all the Millton vineyards are dry farmed and have been cultivated biodynamically since 1989. Certified biodynamic with Demeter NZ and Certified Organic with BioGro NZ.

James Millton looks to the old world for inspiration with Pinot Noir. “I don’t want a big fruit bomb nor a dark wine with blocky oak tannin. I want delicacy and a subtle memory that is balanced with fine aromatic foods of flavour” he states.

The hand harvested and sorted fruit was chilled, de-stemmed and fermented, using indigenous yeasts, in small wooden cuves made from French Oak.

To soften the mouth-feel this wine has been fined with our own free-range egg whites, the yokes going to the kitchen for other culinary use.

Cellaring potential five years from the date of release. Suitable for vegetarian consumption.

Wine from BioGro Certified Organic Grapes.

Total acidity: 6.60 g/l. pH: 3.71

Alcohol: 13.0% Vol Residual Sugar: 1.0 g/l.

Harvested on: 28th March 2012

Bottled on: 21st May 2013

Released on: 1st June 2013

The Specs

Wine TypeRed
RegionGisborne, New Zealand
GrapesPinot Noir
Alcohol %13
Certified OrganicYes
Certified BiodynamicYes
PackagingGlass Bottle
Residual sugar g/L1.0
Acidity g/L6.6