Millton Winery


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2015 Millton Riverpoint Gewürztraminer

This wine is bold and very bright gold with classic old style dryness.  The deep spice flavours gives great length and generosity on the palate.  This wine is an obvious match with pan-Asian fusion food.

Riverpoint is a special little appellation in the heart of the Gisborne wine growing district, down the cul-de-sac of Riverpoint Road, home of several famous wineries, and close enough to the ocean to offer a whiff of cooling sea air on those intoxicating hot summers’ afternoons.


“Don’t stand on the shoulders of giants!” my learned seniors say and it was in this area that my old friend Denis Irwin, founder of Matawhero Wines produced those iconic gewürztraminer wines in the late 1970’s. So I stayed out of his space until his tenure ceased. Then, with secateurs in hand, I scoured the country finding the remnants of the old original “GT” clonal material leading to successfully re-introducing these relics back to Riverpoint Road.


Of other note this is the place where Annie’s grandfather used to ‘over-winter’ the draft horses, from their daily plod on the family farm of “Opou”. It is as well right on the spot where the famed Te Kooti camped having returned from exile on the Chatham Islands, before the Matawhero massacre. All good spicy stuff really, I would have thought. 


Vigneron's Notes:

Fermentation on skins for several days allows an extraction of phenols and flavours which provide a layer of subtle characters in the mouth.  Rich and harmonious the wine coats the mouth like golden liquor yet finishes with a dry tingle.  Straw gold hues radiate luminosity, energy and light.

Drink anytime before 2018, maybe later.

• BioGro Certified Organic
• Demeter Certified Biodynamic
• Grown and Bottled on the Property
• Dry Farmed and Carbon Negative
• Unfined.  Contains no animal products.

Total acidity: 6.7g/l pH: 3.95
Alcohol: 14.5% vol Residual sugar: 9.5g/l
Harvest dates: 27th March 2015
Bottled on: 23rd February 2016
Released on: 1st July 2017

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