2012 Millton Estate "Crazy By Nature" Chardonnay New Zealand (Elsewhere $20+)

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Winemaker's Notes: "Aromas of white peach and acacia flowers give a pleasing brightness and energy. A hint of oak adds a wave of texture. The alluvial soils are reflected in the wet-stone minerality of the finish." Lisa Perotti-Brown of Wine Advocate writes of the estate: "James and Annie Millton are among the few biodynamic producers in New Zealand and certainly make a great case for the methods with the sheer quality and individuality of their wines. The Chardonnays are up there with the best in New Zealand and can age very well, often requiring a year or two in bottle before they begin to reveal the power and layers beneath their elegance." (10/2011)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2015 | Send Email
The "Crazy By Nature" Chardonnay is sourced from Milton's certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyards in the Gisborne region of NZ. Vines date back as far back as 1978. The 2012 harvest produced full-flavored grapes with lovely rich flavors of stone fruit, peach cobbler, and toasted almonds. This organic / biodynamic wine is an exceptional value thanks to our importer direct deal.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2014 | Send Email
Fabulously interesting nose on this Chardonnay: sweet orchid flowers, citrus, apple, pear with medium plus acidity. Incredible at $14.99!
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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 12