Misha’s Vineyard 2013 White and Older Pinot Noir Releases

14-Mar-2014
There’s nothing like meeting the owners of a vineyard on the land where their grapes are planted to gain an understanding of the philosophy, passion and toil of their winegrowing venture. This is certainly true of Andy and Misha Wilkinson and their Central Otago Misha’s Vineyard brand that is based on the fruit from their 26 ha of plantings on the eastern terraces overlooking Lake Dunstan on Bendigo Station. Due to Misha’s marketing prowess and enthusiasm, most wine critics and wine lovers will be aware of the label, as I have been from the very start. But I only came to properly appreciate the sinewy style of the wines and the drive of the Wilkinsons, their viticulturish Rich Williams and winemaker Olly Masters by standing on the near desolate land where their vines are slowly gaining a foothold.

It is said that strength comes from adversity, and it is the case for the Misha’s Vineyard wines. Every year and with each new release, I see a small but forward step in the wines. Very good from the outset, they gain in excellence and consistency. Here, I review the new 2013 white releases, 2012 ‘Impromptu’ and 2010 ‘High Note’ Pinot Noirs, the whites only being the sixth commercial release. The 2013 and 2012 vintages are noted for producing beautifully aromatic wines, and 2010 I see as an outstanding one for classically structured, ageworthy Pinot Noirs. This release sees winemaker Olly Masters building in greater textures in the ‘Lyric’ Dry Riesling and ‘The Gallery’ Gewurztraminer, and crafting an ‘Impromptu’ Pinot Noir with increased accessibility. www.mishasvineyard.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Starlet’ Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Lyric’ Central Otago Riesling 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Limelight’ Central Otago Riesling 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Dress Circle’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Gallery’ Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Impromptu’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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