Misha’s Vineyard 2016 ‘Impromptu’ and ‘The High Note’ Pinot Noirs


When Misha and Andy Wilkinson sought advice from Robin Dicey to plant a Pinot Noir vineyard in Central Otago, he suggested that white varieties also be planted. The 26 ha vineyard on Bendigo Station was planted over 2004, 2005 and 2007, with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer in the mix. This has proved to be fortuitous, as the aromatic whites from Misha’s Vineyard instantly gained recognition for their clarity and finesse. However 65% of the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, the variety that originally inspired the Wilkinsons. The clones in the ground are 4, 5, 6, 667. 777, 114, 115, and Abel, and to date they have made very high quality concentrated wines with plenty of structure, that can handle bottle age. Winemaker Olly Masters has sensitively managed the making of these Pinot Noir wines so that they have excellent balance. The premium wine is ‘The High Note’ and the reserve style wine is ‘Verismo’. In the more accessible style is the ‘Impromptu’, and just recently released was the ‘Cantata’. All are delicious and do as they have been crafted to do. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Impromptu’ and ‘The High Note’ Pinot Noirs. The 2016 Central Otago growing season was a warm one, and the wines I’ve seen are generally ripe and fruit expressive. www.mishasvineyard.comhttp://www.mishasvineyard.com


  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Impromptu’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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