Misha’s Vineyard 2011 and 2012 ‘High Note’ Pinot Noirs

Although Andy and Misha have completed 10 vintages, they still regard themselves relatively new on the Central Otago wine scene. Many critics and consumers would say otherwise, their wines quickly gaining recognition at the top level. The aromatic whites in particular have been extremely well-received, but at the ‘serious’ level, Misha’s Vineyard has released a number of outstanding Pinot Noirs. The 2010 ‘High Note’ has enjoyed a great run, having some bottle age on it, as well as coming from a great vintage. That wine is about to run out.

The next releases of ‘High Note’ Pinot Noir are the 2011 and 2012, the former destined primarily for export and the latter for Australasia, though both will be available on-line. The two vintages are quite different. The start of the 2011 was marked by warm and settled conditions ideal for flowering and fruit set, but wind and rain from the end of December gave damp and grey conditions through to march. Balancing crop and canopy management has resulted in elegant and restrained Pinot Noirs with good varietal character. The GDDs were 1120. In 2012, the spring was cool and wet, but with less wind than usual. Hot and dry weather came in December, ideal for flowering. Stable conditions continued to harvest which was a little late. The cooler growing season has given intense varietal flavours and good structure and acidity. The GDDs were 1021. Here, I review the 2011 and 2012 ‘High Note’ Pinot Noirs. www.mishasvineyard.com


  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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