As if I couldn’t proclaim my love for Milton enough– I dug this sweet wee thing out after purchasing it yonks ago, and oh my, it did not disappoint, not one bit. Delish. Milton Crazy by Nature Shotberry Chardonnay, Gisborne 2010
I’ve gone off Chardonnay recently- the world went crazy for it and, and with craze came bulk plantings, planting still dominating in locations suited SO BADLY for the grape, no naming names. What’s worse with this craze- particularly in NZ- was oak. So much oak. So bad that the term ‘oak bomb’ was thrown around with every second wine off the shelf. I even had a lady come up to me with a Chardonnay I had served her, telling me I had poured her a Sauv- no Miss, this was a Chardonnay, It just was only partially aged in oak- It was probably more pure to the grape than any Chardonnay she had drunk in her life.
The world had been Oak-bombed.
But back to the point- amongst all this craze, there was a place that did its fad fuelled plantings just right- the Mendoza region of Argentina- and what came from this was the Shotberry clone- small intense and aromatic for a grape usually renowned for its ‘Subtle’ character to be then planted in James Miltons organic, sun drenched Gisborne vineyards.
Ripe and full of fruit forward flavors- bright and ripe peach and nectarine zested up by lemon and a tingly acidity, but also softened by sweet blossom aromas. Its balanced, fresh, full of flavour and easy drinking but interesting that makes for a wine completely enjoyable but not too much for a summer poolside indulgence (I wish)
PS, How alty is that label? Alty as hell is correct.