Millton Vineyards & Winery

New Zealands First Organic & Biodynamic Wine Estate.

 
 
I believe the terroir gives the wine the flavours and character. We do not disguise nor dress up the unique character with outside influences or winemaking manipulations. To myself, therefore, the soil and climate play the major role in our wines. We are merely the caretakers of the fruits of our labours. Our wines give an expression of the natural flavours found in the grapes harvested from our vineyards
— James Millton
 
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Sirius White

In 1984 they thought we were crazy to grow our grapes organically. We’ve spent the last 34 years proving them right. Much like us Crazy by Nature has flourished since its inception. As the quality of fruit has developed Crazy by Nature has become complimentary to our estate wines. With this new label we have brought them closer to the family by putting our signature proudly above the Crazy by Nature name. The Millton wines express our single vineyard sites and the Crazy by Nature wines express our estate. They are an interpretation of our place and our people.

Sirius is the brightest star visible from earth. Sirius White is predominantly Chardonnay with a whisper of Viognier and Marsanne. Our Marsanne and Viognier plantings have come of age and we now find the wine is enhanced by increased quantities of these complimentary varietals. This wine has hit new heights in both flavour and aroma.

 

The Process

In the winery the process is gentle and precise preferring time to fine the wines rather than technology. Indigenous yeasts and bacteria are used and the fermentation takes place in stainless steel or larger format oak barrels, all housed in a thermally clad building.

Sulphur dioxide is used to allow the wine to travel and age however these levels are kept to a minimum. The properties are certified organic and biodynamic confirmed with the trademarks Bio-Gro and Demeter.

 

 

The Vineyards

The Millton Vineyard’s four individual vineyards; Riverpoint, Opou, Te Arai and the Clos de Ste. Anne are located in Manutuke and Matawhero. The unique character of the appellation is its proximity to the influence of the Pacific Ocean together with the geologically youthful sedimentary soils. Cooling sea breezes keep the climate friendly and temperate in high summer.

Traditional viticulture is practiced in all vineyards and all are dry-farmed, with no insecticide, herbicide, systemic fungicide or soluble fertilisers used.

 

 
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