What’s in the glass tonight July 8th

Millton Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

Millton Crazy By Nature Shotberry Gisborne Chardonnay 2011 – $$

Wow, this is a weird wine. After tasting so many older, dry or lighter style wines lately, it is a real wake-up call to try this sweet fruit bomb.

Millton are one of my favourite producers. They are organic and bio-dynamic. They run a beautiful cellar door. I think they make fruity and flavoursome wines with flair and class.

Because of Milltons bio-dymanic cultivation methods, I suspect that their results differ from other more conventional wineries. Or I reckon so if this wine is anything to go by…

It is very big and volatile on the nose, and with the yellow gold colour, makes me think it is a mature sweet riesling. In the mouth I get lashings of white peach and ripe apricot and honey. I swear there is some viognier in there too…oak as well, but no malo.

Although the wine is a blend of fruit from two vineyards –the Millton Riverpoint and Opou vineyards – I still think I am tasting a true expression of terroir, and that has to be applauded!

This is a really interesting and unique Chardonnay. Not a sophisticated drop, but bottled sunlight. 4.5


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