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Antiquity meets new world making for a satisfying glass of wine

Warm & delicious with fine complexity reflecting its true sense of place

Enjoy with roast chicken or turkey with steamed greens & gravy

Millton Opou Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

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Millton Opou Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

Millton Opou Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

Opou Vineyard was first planted in 1969 with a mixture of Chardonnay selections...


This wine has brightness and clarity of light and aroma. It is well gathered and has harmony across the overall taste. There is an air of antiquity in this style yet a new world lift which makes for a very satisfying glass of wine. Warm and delicious, fine yet complex reflecting its true sense of place.

Opou Vineyard was first planted in 1969 with a mixture of Chardonnay selections. The soil type is complex clay loam over river derived silts giving wines of aroma and texture. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed directly to small French Oak barrels. 10% of these barrels were new. Fermentation starts naturally and continues for 3 weeks rising in temperature to about 23C. Some barrels have a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the palate and increase texture. After 12 months the wine is then assembled in stainless steel tanks to rest before being bottled, on the property in the following spring.

100% barrel fermented. There is an immediate eye appeal which is shining and the floral aromas of orange and white blossom together with honeyed notes and nutty acorns which lead into a clean fresh yet soft complexity. The 2017 has 8% Chardonnay from the declassified selections from Naboth’s Vineyard which give presence and power while 7.3% of the grapes were fermented on skins for 200 days. There is a hint of gun smoke and orange blossom on the aroma. The acidity is clipped yet complex while still having a salinity. The tannin is tempered with a character of acorn and oat cake biscuit which give a breadth to the mouth feel. With time in the glass the taste progresses towards a long and rounded texture clipped by cleansing acidity and framed by silken tannins. The mouth flavours have not been altered with any additional fining from animal products so it is an honest expression from our place. Unfined. Contains no animal products.

Drink from 2018-2030.


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