Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015


The first Pinot Noir to come from Misha’s Vineyard on Bendigo Station in Central Otago was the 2007 ‘The Audition’ which led directly to the premium ‘The High Note’ Pinot Noir. and reserve-styled ‘Verismo’ Pinot Noirs from the 2008 vintage. Until recently, the Pinot Noir wines appeared to come second to the brilliant aromatic bottlings, but the latest Pinot Noirs have come into their own. The bony soils of the vineyard, while ideal for producing whites of sheer elegance and detail, gave Pinot Noirs of considerable structure, which is a positive for cellaring, but more problematic for accessibility. Winemaker Olly Masters has worked closely with the viticultural team, and in winemaking to moderate the firmness of the tannins in Pinot Noir. This, he is doing, but along the way, he has made some excellent wines with the ability if not requirement of aging. Misha’s latest releases of Pinot Noir including the ‘Impromptu’ and ‘Cantata’ show that suppleness is becoming a trait of the Pinot Noirs (click here to see my reviews). The reds are increasingly successful in the market, necessitating the release of the 2015 ‘The High Note’ Pinot Noir, just 9 months after the release of the 2014. It is one of the most elegant ‘The High Note’ Pinot Noirs to date. Here is my review of the new wine. www.mishasvineyard.com


  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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