Misha’s Vineyard 2014 White, and 2013 and 2011 Pinot Noir Releases

10-Sep-2015
Andy and Misha Wilkinson’s winegrowing venture made a strong impact from their inaugural 2007 vintage, partly from the marketing skills of the owners, and partly from the winemaking expertise of winemaker Olly Masters, but primarily from the quality of the wines and their style emanating from the site from where they originate. The 26 ha of Misha’s Vineyard plantings are on the eastern terraces overlooking Lake Dunstan in what is part of Bendigo Station. The vines have struggled to become established, and the resultant wines, especially the whites show a delicacy combined with sinewy strength, while the reds continue to grow in structure with each passing year to fully express the traits that the Bendigo sub-region imparts in the wines. The vineyard is under the care of viticulturist Michelle Dacombe who took over from Rich Williams last year. Here, I review the 2014 white wine releases along with Pinot Noirs from earlier vintages. The white wines show a strong sense of place and natural house style with their tightness and elegance, and subtle complexing mineral layers and fine textures. The reds exhibit vintage expression and greater tannin refinement. www.mishasvineyard.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Starlet’ Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Dress Circle’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Gallery’ Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2014
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Limelight’ Central Otago Riesling 2014
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Impromptu’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘Verismo’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Cadenza’ Central Otago Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2014

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