Millton Te Arai Gisborne Muskats @Dawn 2016 $20 (3.5 stars)

On these sun-soaked summer days, sometimes all you want is a glass of something super-chilled and something that’s not going to knock you sideways.  Well here’s your answer.  At a positively demure 8.5% alcohol, this organic, biodynamically-produced, musky, peachy white is a fruity, trop-fest of a wine that’ll keep everyone happy.  Light, lovely and luscious […]

Millton Les Arbres Clos de Ste Anne Gisborne Viognier 2013

Millton Les Arbres Clos de Ste Anne Gisborne Viognier 2013 $60 ★★★★★ Make no mistake; this is a wine you must try before you die. If you’re looking for the epitome of what can be achieved with viognier in this country then this is it. Deeply golden in the glass, this viognier socks you with […]

Mead and Millton

I’d like to start this column with a pun. It’s one of a collection of puns that won comedian David Kearse (a ‘Kearse on humanity’ as he calls himself) the Rubber Chicken award for Britain’s Top Pun Artist at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival held last week. It goes “Marvin Gaye kept a sheep in my […]

Millton Vineyard Muskats @ Dawn 2011

With a striking bottle design featuring a silver crown seal and an exclusive Kate Sylvester print on the label, Millton Vineyard’s Muskats @ Dawn 2011 ($22)  is a “biologically produced” pearler from Gisborne which I hear was the surprise hit of the local wine and food festival this year.  “We couldn’t keep up with demand – it […]

Is Purple Death the worst wine in the world?

There’s a bit of a survey making the rounds of the Twittersphere asking if Purple Death might be the worst wine ever made.  I think that’s a tad harsh.  Back when I was a teenager and it was the only thing I could afford that actually had any alcoholic strength; I thought it was pretty […]

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2010

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2010 $28  Scented with yellow plum, orange oil and frangipane.  In the mouth it boasts citrus pith and musky, mid-palate seductiveness.  Topped off with tangy, warming length of flavour and a nicely balanced 13.5% alcohol, this is definitely a drinkable example that works beautifully with apricot and sage-stuffed pork roast.   Millton […]

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Les Arbes Gisborne Viognier 2009

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Les Arbes Gisborne Viognier 2009 $58   Yes it’s pricey but it’s oh so nicey!  Mandarin and tangelo notes with classic apricot kernel and cheek-tingling texture and orange oil unctuosity.  Delicious stuff from one of this country’s viognier pioneers, plus it’s organic and biodynamically produced so no doubt you’ll have […]

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