2011 Millton "Te Arai" Chenin Blanc Gisborne

SKU #1151758

Certified organic and biodynamic Chenin Blanc from the Te Arai vineyard, estate-bottled. From the winery: "Consistently recognised by international writers as one the best examples in the world, outside of the Loire. The Te Arai vineyard Chenin is included in the book '1001 Wines you must try before you die'. Published by Penguin 2008. With aromas of fresh lime zest and fragrant gardenias, this wine is taut and vibrant in a way that will show its’ maturity over a very long period of time. Flavours of fine wool and bush honey are enhanced by cumquat and ripe bouche pear aromas with a tingling aftertaste. The Te Arai vineyard is five kilometres from the sea. Te Arai roughly translates to 'the place where you pause before going on towards the land of eternal sunshine.' Quite appropriate for this wine, I thought. This maritime proximity underlies the wine’s unique South Pacific style. The silt soils give fragrance while the occasional incidence of botrytis, generated by the autumnal mists from the Te Arai stream, give complex texture, body and a sense of sweetness to the wine. In the Loire Valley of France, Chenin Blanc produces powerful wines of a similar character, which we refer to as our touchstone."

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2014  | Send Email
This kiwi Chenin is lip-smacking, thirst-quenching and very well balanced. Classic Chenin stone fruit--think peaches, apricots and pears rather than any tropical varieties--is refreshing and beautifully balanced. I am not ashamed to say that I drank the 3-4 ounces remaining after our recent tasting, straight out of the bottle (not on the clock, of course).

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2014  | Send Email
Pear, ginger, white stone fruit, mineral with medium plus acidity. Lovers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc will be delighted by this northern island New Zealand expression. Give it a try!

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savenničres Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
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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.
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