Millton Vineyards 2007 Riverpoint Chardonnay

Posted on June 20, 2009

James Millton has been biodynamically farming wine grapes in Gisborne for 25 years. The Millton Vineyard became New Zealand's first organically certified winegrower, and have just recently obtained a certification from Demeter New Zealand, one of several individual biodynamic agriculture certification programs setup by Demeter International. Millton's wines and growing techniques have garnered international attention, winning several accolades and medals while becoming a spokesperson for biodynamic agriculture. The Millton Vineyard produces a range of estate wines from four vineyards: Chardonnay and Viognier from Riverpoint, Chardonnay and Riesling from Opou, Chenin Blanc and Malbec from Te Arai, and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Naboths.


Winery - The Millton Vineyard

Location - Gisborne, New Zealand

Wine - Millton Vineyard 2007 Riverpoint Chardonnay

Grape Varieties -  Chardonnay

Appellation - Gisborne

Alcohol - 13.0% v/v

Price -$19 NZD


Nose/Aroma - White peaches and honeysuckle.

Palate/Flavors - Bright citrus and tropical fruit, lime and lychee. Fruit spice combined with a bit of oak. Nice linear structure provided by crisp acid and minerality that is complimented by a bit of weight in the mid-palate by a touch of oak. Very balanced, flavors meld together well.

Style - Reminisent of Chablis, very lean and crisp. 

Food Pairing - This is a great food wine, it would pair well with a wide variety of dishes. Paua and pareto fritters with cream sauce on chiabatta bread was beautiful (paua is an abalone and pareto is a seaweed species unique to New Zealand).

Comments - Has an inherent fruit sweetness and spice that can't be attributed to residual sugar or barrels, which seems typical with good Chardonnay in Gisborne. Using less oak has benefited this wine greatly, allowing it to showcase Riverpoint well. Good quality wine, good value. A bit austere, would cellar well for a couple of years, but drinking well now.