James and Annie Millton are synonymous with Biodynamic farming and have been pushing New Zealand's winemaking boundaries since planting their Te Arai vineyard in 1984. They are also known for producing some of New Zealand's finest Chenin Blanc. The Libiamo range represents the next generation for the Millton family, in particular their children, this generation now look for something that is completely un-manipulated and doesn't leave a debt or burden on the planet.
This is the first release Muscat à Petits Granis under this label. Handpicked, destemmed and fermented on skins in clay amphora for 14 days. Unfined and unfilterd with minimal So2 added. This wine is a statement of origin and sense of place, something that Millton wines always capture in the bottle.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Picked by hand, fermented and aged on skins in our cellars and bottled on the property. This cloudy wine offers a perfect example of a true expression of our work and the fruits of our labours. With love and gratitude. Libiamo! Lets drink!
Inspired by time, our intuition, the influence of younger generations, especially our children Monique and Sam, yet respecting the antiquity of famous operas, joy, happiness, song and most of all the pleasure of drinking. We call this wine Libiamo; "let's drink". Muscat all grown in our own vineyards. Picked by hand, fermented and aged on skins. the wine was then pressed and rested in older demi-muid French oak barrels. This cloudy wine offers another perfect example of a true expression of our work and the fruits of our labours.
The nose has just a hint of cinnamon carried by the ocean breeze that flows through the vines. Stone fruit and citrus pith coat the palate with the soft texture of marshmallow. so take your time, savour and drink in moderation. With love and gratitude!"