Millton Opou Vineyard Chardonnay 2011



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Winery/Brand: Millton Wines


A beautiful nutty complexity on the nose which comes from oxidative handling in the cellar, the palate is rich and full with roasted almonds and hazelnuts to the fore and ripe, creamy stonefruit. The texture is fine with super well-integrated fruit tannins, balanced with crisp acidity. This is a wine with a long future ahead of it.



The Story

Derived from plantings in our Opou Vineyard and comprised from a mixture of Chardonnay clones 15, 95 and Mendoza. The grapes were hand-harvested at optimum ripeness. As the flavours developed, the new juice was fermented in small oak barrels – less than 20% new oak. Partial malolactic fermentation has given the wine softness and subtle palate weight whilst maintaining freshness. After the first selection in Spring, those barrels showing intense fruit were left to rest on the spent yeast sediment until later in the year when the final assemblage was made. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and bacteria.

Notes from the Winemaker: I think this wine has a ‘completeness’. It is well gathered and has harmony across the overall taste. There is an air of antiquity in this style. The bush honey and plush marzipan characters reflect ripe grapes from clay soils.

The Specs

RegionGisborne, New Zealand
PackagingGlass Bottle