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Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc

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Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
BioGro certified, this Gisborne wine is New Zealand's best Chenin Blanc. It's a richly varietal wine with concentrated, fresh, vibrant fruit flavours to the fore in some vintages (2007, 2009); nectareous scents and flavours in others (2005, 2008). The grapes are grown organically and hand-picked at different stages of ripening, culminating in some years ('It's in the lap of the gods,' says James Millton) in a final harvest of botrytis-affected fruit. Fermentation is in tanks and large, 620-litre French oak casks, used in the Loire for Chenin Blanc. Still a baby, the 2009 vintage is very fresh, crisp and lively, with no sign of botrytis at this stage. Racy+B192 with a basically dry impression on the palate (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), and a very subtle oak influence, it is minerally and lingering. Open 2013+.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
This Gisborne wine is New Zealand's greatest Chenin Blanc. It's a richly varietal wine with concentrated, fresh, vibrant fruit flavours to the fore in some vintages (2006, 2007); nectateous scents and flavours in others (2005). The grapes are grown organically and hand-picked at different stages of ripening, culminating in some years ('It's in the lap of the gods,' says James Millton) in a final harvest of botrytis-affected fruit. Fermentation is in tanks and large, 620-litre French oak casks, used in the Loire for Chenin Blanc. The 2007 vintage has fresh, pineapple and honey aromas and flavours, with a sliver of sweetness (10 grams/litre of residual sugar) and excellent balance, intensity and varietal expression. A luscious wine, it's already enjoyable, but tightly structured and likely to be long-lived.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This Gisborne wine is New Zealand's greatest Chenin Blanc. It's a richly varietal wine with concentrated, fresh, vibrant fruit flavours to the fore in some vintages (2006, 2007); nectateous scents and flavours in others (2005). The grapes are grown organically and hand-picked at different stages of ripening, culminating in some years ('It's in the lap of the gods,' says James Millton) in a final harvest of botrytis-affected fruit. Fermentation is in tanks and large, 620-litre French oak casks, used in the Loire for Chenin Blanc. The 2007 vintage has fresh, pineapple and honey aromas and flavours, with a sliver of sweetness (10 grams/litre of residual sugar) and excellent balance, intensity and varietal expression. A luscious wine, it's already enjoyable, but tightly structured and likely to be long-lived.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
This Gisborne wine is New Zealand's top Chenin Blanc. It's an intensely varietal wine with concentrated, fresh, vibrant fruit flavours to the fore in some vintages (2000, 1998) nectareous scents and flavours in others (1997, 1999). The grapes are hand-picked over a month at three different stages of ripening, culminating in the final harvest of botrytis-affected fruit. About half of the final blend is fermented in large, 620-litre French oak casks, used in the Loire for Chenin Blanc, but all of the wine is barrel-aged. The 2000 vintage is tight, immaculate, and sure to be long-lived. Needing time to reveal its full personality, it's a very refined wine, slightly sweet and delicate, with crisp acidity and pure, incisive tropical fruit flavours. The light-bodied (1 1.5 per cent alcohol), almost fully dry 2001 vintage won a bronze medal at the 2001 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
This Gisborne wine is New Zealand's top Chenin Blanc. It's an intensely varietal wine with concentrated, fresh, vibrant fruit flavours to the fore in some vintages (2000, 1998) nectareous scents and flavours in others (1997, 1999). The grapes are hand-picked over a month at three different stages of ripening, culminating in the final harvest of botrytis-affected fruit. About half of the final blend is fermented in large, 620-litre French oak casks, used in the Loire for Chenin Blanc, but all of the wine is barrel-aged. The 2000 vintage is tight, immaculate, and sure to be long-lived. Needing time to reveal its full personality, it's a very refined wine, slightly sweet and delicate, with crisp acidity and pure, incisive tropical fruit flavours. The light-bodied (1 1.5 per cent alcohol), almost fully dry 2001 vintage won a bronze medal at the 2001 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This Gisborne wine is New Zealand's top Chenin Blanc. It's an intensely varietal wine with concentrated, fresh, vibrant fruit flavours to the fore in some vintages (2000, 1998) nectareous scents and flavours in others (1997, 1999). The grapes are hand-picked over a month at three different stages of ripening, culminating in the final harvest of botrytis-affected fruit. About half of the final blend is fermented in large, 620-litre French oak casks, used in the Loire for Chenin Blanc, but all of the wine is barrel-aged. The 2000 vintage is tight, immaculate, and sure to be long-lived. Needing time to reveal its full personality, it's a very refined wine, slightly sweet and delicate, with crisp acidity and pure, incisive tropical fruit flavours. The light-bodied (1 1.5 per cent alcohol), almost fully dry 2001 vintage won a bronze medal at the 2001 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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