Millton – Tasting at Milton

2010 Millton Opou Chardonnay

Sweet and honeyed on the nose, dripping with pear fruit framed by light butterscotch and toasted almond notes along with hints of pollen and dried pressed flowers. Rather light-bodied at first with a touch of tannin adding texture to the fine apple fruit and honeyed mid-palate. There is lovely clarity and brightness to the fruit, though the back end does show a riper side to this with hints of quince paste that appear on the finish as well. 91pts

2009 Millton Clos de St. Anne Naboth’s Vineyard Chardonnay

Softly aromatic with earthy notes of dried oats, dried herb, hay and some stone. This is very subtle in the mouth. It is elegant with good richness and ripeness, but is not showing much as far as intensity goes The back end shows some growing brightness and leads to a very fine finish with real finesse and emerging notes of earth and spicy mineral notes that pop on the finish. This obviously needs time to reveal all that it has, but already exhibits exceptional balance. 90pts

Gisborne Regional Tasting

2011 Matawhero Gisborne Chardonnay

Fruit-driven on the nose with notes of tropical fruits and lemon custard, with just a touch of mineral, dusty soil tones. On entry, this seems a little sweet with an early touch of old wood and a weird mid-palate that loses focus. This does turn fairly viscous on the slightly candied mid-palate, which is not very fruity but quite ripe. The finish surprises with tons of minerality lending a steely edge to parry the ripe fig fruit on the finish. 85pts

2010 Kirkpatrick Reserve Chardonnay

Smoky with bacon on the nose and plenty of oak-induced, smoldering wood and marshmallow aromas. A bit big and blowsy on entry, though this does offer nice blend of fruit and minerality, with good depth to the core of apple fruit. There’s good length here with the obvious, fairly spicy oak imprint lying over some pineapple fruit on the finish before heavy coffee oak notes take over. 87pts