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Misha’s Vineyard 2018 ‘Soloist’ Rosé, ‘Dress Circle’ Pinot Gris and ‘Cadenza’ LH Gewurztraminer

02 October,2018

Every year brings on a new growing season and its challenges. For 2018 in Bendigo for Misha’s Vineyard, it was one of the hottest resulting in a very compressed season. Early in the season, there were searing temperatures and record low rainfall. Then winds and heavy rain in mid-February. It was a year to manage canopy growth and keep on top of diseases. Misha Wilkinson reports the result of a very healthy vineyard, and lower than normal crops giving very good concentration. Winemaker Oliver Masters had to adapt his winemaking to suit each style; for rosé this meant less skin contact to avoid excess colour and tannin, for Pinot Gris, close monitoring of the phenolics, and gently handling the botrytised fruit in the late harvest wine. It’s what Olly does each year, so successfully that the diverse styles turn out very well. Here, I review the 2018 ‘The Soloist’ Pinot Rosé, ‘Dress Circle’ Pinot Gris and ‘The Cadenza’ Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. www.mishasvineyard.com


Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Soloist’ Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, light cerise-pink colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight peach hues. The nose is bright and vibrant with up-front fragrant aromas of strawberries and raspberries and cream entwined with red florals and vivid confectionary notes, along with subtle fresh fermentation esters. The core has a thread of mouthwatering minerality, and the nose is sensationally up-front. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has intense aromatic aromas of raspberries and cream with bright and vibrant red florals, lifted confectionary notes and a suggestion of esters. The fruit forms a tight and concentrated core and has very good linearity, flowing along a very fine-textured line with thirst-quenching acidity enlivening the palate and providing energy. The flavours lead to a long and sustained finish. This is a bright and vibrant, up-front aromatic dry rosé with raspberry, floral and confectionary notes on a fine-textured palate with linearity and freshness. Match with dim sum and Asian fare, or antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. A blend of clones, 33% 114, 32% 4, 25% 6 and 10% 5, given one day of skin contact and cool fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS. 515 dozen made. 19.0-/20 Oct 2018 RRP $27.00

Misha’s Vineyard ‘Dress Circle’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Full, even, bright straw-yellow colour with lemon green hues. The nose is tight and finely bound with an elegantly concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits, along with pears and exotic florals, and a subtle amalgam of honeysuckle and nutty elements. The aromatics are a little slender in expression, but show very good intensity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a soft-textured mouthfeel with gently full flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, pears, exotic florals and honey, with a little spice. The flavours are harmonious and form a fine, rounded core with light, background acidity. The palate has good power and carries softly to a gently full finish of honey and pears. This is a soft-textured, rounded dry Pinot Gris with harmonious flavours of stonefruit, florals, honey and pears. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. Pinot Gris fruit WBP and fermented in tank with approx. 22% in old French oak with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc. and 6.9 g/L RS. 674 dozen made. 18.0+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $28.00

Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Cadenza’ Central Otago Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2018

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Otago


Full, even, pale golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is softly full and densely packed with aromas of ripe tropical fruit melded with rose-petal florals and savoury Turkish Delight and nuances of root-ginger. A fine layer of musky botrytis overlays the fruit. Sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate is subtly rich and unctuous with succulent, exotic, opulent flavours of ripe tropical fruit, rose-petal florals, Turkish Delight and some savoury spices with root-ginger. This has a rounded but concentrated heart with soft acidity, but good richness, revealing honey notes which fill the mouth. The wine flows smoothly to a full, rich, luscious finish. This is a rich and opulent sweet, Late Harvest Gewurztraminer with succulent and unctuous flavours of tropical fruit, honey, rose-petals and Turkish Delight with ginger and spice notes. Match with fruit and baked desserts over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit with approx. 16% botrytis, foot-stomped and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 9.0% alc. and 128 g/L RS. 191 dozen made. (375 ml) 18.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $32.00

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