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October 2012

Gourmet Wine Traveller Wine (Oct-Nov 2012 - Pg 138)
"The highly adaptable Chenin Blanc grape, hailing from the Loire, is flourishing across the world....James & Annie Millton are arguably the finest producers of Chenin Blanc outside the Loire, consistently releasing profound, utterly delicious off-dry white wine from their biodynamically farmed Te Arai vineyard in Gisborne" - Max Allen & Will Studd.


August 2011

A fun guide to New Zealand Wine

One of New Zealand's foremost wine experts, Michael Cooper has chosen his top 100 of this country's wine in his new book, making choosing your next bottle of wine even easier. Two of our wines were featured;

Clos de Ste. Anne Chardonnay
"A very powerful, complex wine, with tight, citrusy, minerally flavours, Clos de Ste. Anne Charodonnay typically drinks superbly at three to five years old, but matures very gracefully for a decade becoming softer, more toasty and honeyed with age."

Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc
"Full of personality and with a proven ability to flourish in the cellar for at least a decade, James Millton's Gisborne wine is the finest example of this country's most neglected white-wine variety - Chenin."

You can get your own copy at all good book stores.

July 2011

Donna Hay Crazy for Cosmo Red

Donna Hay Magazine is a 'must-read' here at The Millton Vineyard. Filled with mouthwatering recipes and images, every page has what Donna Hay describes as 'the lick-ability factor'.

In the latest issue the Crazy by Nature Cosmo Red is featured, Donna Hay Managing Editor Melanie Hansche says;

"I love the fact the winemaker describes this wine as a bouncy redhead in a summer dress! It's a fun and tasty blend of malbec, syrah and viognier, meaning it's juicy and velvety."

They suggest enjoying it with gamy meats or roasted beef. For those of you lucky enough to have a bottle of the sold out Cosmo Red in your cellar - the 'Horseradish Beef with Roasted Beetroot' recipe featured in the same issue would be perfect - click here for recipe.

Please note: The 2011 Crazy by Nature Cosmo Red will be available in November.

Craving for Chenin

Recently Robert Giogione a London-based, independent wine consultant and award-winning sommelier, hosted “Craving For Chenin”, a pop up blind tasting of 40 Chenin Blancs from around the world including the 2010 Crazy by Nature Dry Flint Chenin Blanc and the 2009 Te Arai Chenin Blanc.

A selection of sommeliers, wine buyers, wine merchants, journalists, wine writers and bloggers tasted all the wines blind – and our Chenin Blanc's received great results.

Most food-friendly and best performing wine: 2010 Crazy By Nature Dry Flint Chenin Blanc
“A crisp, fruit-driven and aromatic example of Chenin which got everyone’s taste buds and mouths watering. Would be good on its own and with food, but also great value and made by the talented James Millton.”

Best “New World” Examples:
2009 Stellenrust, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2007 Rijks Private Reserve, Coastal, South Africa and 2009 Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc, Gisborne, New Zealand

Click here to read more.

World Wine Estates

We are very excited at a new partnership between The Millton Vineyard and our new Australian Distributors - World Wine Estates, supplying to New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and Victoria.

World Wine Estates are one of Australia's premier fine wine importers, specialising in French, premium Australian and New Zealand wines. World Wine Estates supply many of the top restaurants around Australia, so The Millton Vineyard fans can look forward to seeing more of our wines on premium wine lists around the country.

For any enquiries please contact World Wine Estates on phone: 02 9313 1855 (for orders), or contact James Johnston on 0419 274 332. For more details see our International Stockists page.

June 2011

Cellar d'Or Wine Club

To acknowledge those who support and love our wine, we have created a wineclub - Cellar d’Or (d'Or is french for 'gold'). Cellar d'Or is an easy to join, exciting wine club that gives you special purchasing rates, rewards, exclusive offers and invitations to premium events around the country.

Cellar d'Or benefits include:
*Free freight on all case orders (12 bottles) or more
*10% discount when you order 1 – 2 cases
*15% discount when you order 3 cases or more
*Invitations to exclusive Cellar d’Or events throughout New Zealand.
*Opportunities to purchase limited edition wines and library stock
*Opportunities to purchase your favourite wines pre-release to ensure you don’t miss out

To celebrate the launch of Cellar d'Or, any Cellar d'Or member who places an order of a case (12 bottles) or more in the month of June, will go into the draw to win a 2007 Opou Chardonnay Magnum!

Simply click the Cellar d'Or link to the left to join.
Please note: special rates do not apply to the Clos de Ste. Anne wines or Case Specials

February 2011

The Millton Vineyard wines to be showcased at Harrods

Harrods, London’s most famous department store, is holding a month-long Biodynamic Wine Showcase in March, recognising the formidable following biodynamic wine has gained amongst enthusiasts. Just 25 wines have been selected from around the world and two of them are from The Millton Vineyard, in Gisborne - the 2007 Clos de Ste Anne Chardonnay and 2007 Te Arai Chenin Blanc.

“We’re blown away,” says Annie Millton. “We’re rubbing shoulders with the best biodynamic wines in the world’s best-known store. It’s a proud moment.”

The Milltons are New Zealand’s pioneers of biodynamic wine making; not just the first vineyard in the southern hemisphere to adopt Rudolf Steiner’s methods, but one of the first in the world. They took the approach over 25 years ago, and biodynamic principles are now a way of life; they enjoy the philosophy and discipline, and are single-minded in their pursuit of producing the best wines they can. As James Millton says, “It’s our belief that if you nurture the land, rather than just grow produce on it, you grow better food.”

The two wines chosen by Harrods are further proof that this philosophy works.

The 2007 Clos de Ste. Anne Chardonnay has been recognised locally and internationally as superb. Described as a ‘statement in purity’, it comes from a special site called Naboth’s Vineyard, on steep northeast-facing slopes in the foothills of Poverty Bay.

The 2007 Te Arai Chenin Blanc, the variety that put The Millton Vineyard firmly on the global wine map, has several international writers rating it as ‘…the best example of Chenin Blanc in the world, outside of the Loire.’