2018 Millton Libiamo Amphora Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc, our most favourite grape.
Grown in our Te Arai Vineyard, they were hand harvested and gently de-stemmed before being bucketed into the amphorae. These are a 500 litre clay vessel which were made in Spain, a tinajas in fact. Here the fruit sits and assimilates its origins and the surrounding resonance of the persons who care for it. Nothing is added, nothing is taken away. No temperature control. No yeasts. Fermentation is assisted by careful mixing of the grapes and their juices. When the vigour has settled the amphorae are sealed. A little time is allowed for the solids to settle. Closed with natural cork, because we prefer it this way, it also adds to the five phenolics of taste, and upon opening makes a sound which is less heard of in these modern times and still makes your mouth water...
Libiamo! Lets drink!
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