Clos de Ste. Anne
The Clos de Ste. Anne estate has been developed around the original Naboth’s Vineyard, where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were initially planted in 1980. The 30-acre property now includes vineyards, forest, amenity trees, livestock and olive plantations and has been farmed using biodynamic techniques since 1989. In 2001, additional plantings of Pinot Noir were complimented with selections of Viognier, Syrah and Chenin Blanc.
Clos de Ste. Anne wines reflect the traditional approach to their upbringing and have been made with respect to their terroir. They give a sense of place, which not only includes the location, soils, earth, water, air and light, but are an example of how we feel in the vineyard, the winery, and in the daily life of running this property.
Most renowned is the high quality Chardonnay from Naboth’s which expresses depth, spine, sinew and warm minerality. It is therefore exciting to now see a devotion evolving for the other wines.
The Pinot Noir has been grown on its own roots for over 20 years and is also supported with newer Burgundian clones around the slope. The vines are influenced by the cooling sea breeze off the Pacific Ocean, enhancing the subtle elegance, attractive hue and a firm texture. This style is widely appreciated in the United Kingdom, North America, Japan and good dining rooms here in New Zealand.
The Viognier is planted on hard ground beside the forest where it stands for a time of the day in shadow. This makes for interesting light interceptions and the resulting taste profiles arise from these events. This site is called ‘Les Arbres’. This wine is rich and glycerous and begs for food of the same nature. Umami in fact.
Syrah is planted on the higher plateau in a little space protected from the cooling sea breeze and, facing due north, gets surprisingly hot in the middle of summer. Hence the name, “The Crucible”. We look to the old world for the style and texture and receive very favourable comment.
The Chenin Blanc is planted on the lower slopes of the vineyard in a section we refer to as “La Bas” (meaning “over there”). It is an amazing piece of dirt, quite heavy clay and giving wines of density, yet electrifying acidity and character.
All wines are produced and bottled on the property, and sealed with natural cork. They are a dream realised from memories and experiences in wine estates around the world. Domaine Clos de Ste. Anne is my “Grand Cru” and is dedicated to my wife and business partner, Annie.
James Millton, Artisan Winegrower