Misha’s Vineyard 2013 and 2014 Pinot Noirs, 2015 Starlet and 2016 Dress Circle and Cadenza

12-Apr-2017
2017 sees the eleventh vintage for Andy and Misha Wilkinson, and winemaker Olly Masters in making the Misha’s Vineyard Central Otago wines. In that short period, the brand has gained acceptance both domestically and in overseas markets as one for sophisticated, high quality wines. The Wilkinsons and Masters would believe that the 57 ha vineyard with 25 ha of vines, on Bendigo Station overlooking the eastern side of Lake Dunstan has yet to show its best, with the vines still relatively young. However, beautifully elegant whites and surprisingly well-structured Pinot Noirs already emanate from the site. The popularity of different wines in different markets has prompted the Wilkinsons to release various wines from their range at times to ensure continuity, rather than having a set release date for all the wines as the first vintages were handled. Here, I review the 2013 ‘High Note’ and 2014 ‘Impromptu’ Pinot Noirs, the 2015 ‘Starlet’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 ‘Dress Circle’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Cadenza’ Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. To me. they all share the attributes of firmness and tight structure and I believe they will benefit from more time in bottle. Misha and Olly note that earlier vintages of all these wines are holding and drinking well, confirming there is no harm in holding onto the new wines until they come.to greater harmony.

Misha’s Vineyard Tasting Room
And one further development at Misha’s Vineyard signals the continued growth of this brand. Late last month, the Wilkinsons opened a dedicated tasting room in Cromwell. Although their vineyard is just 10 minutes’ drive away, the tasting room in the Freeway Orchard complex at 180 S.H. 8B is readily accessible to visitors. The tasting room is open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily, and platters and small plates are available to accompany the wines. www.mishasvineyard.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Starlet Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Impromptu’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The ‘High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Cadenza’ Central Otago Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2016

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