Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week, 29 Nov, 2009

Wine of the Week. Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir 2008. Firstly at The Grove in the city with vineyard owners Misha and Andy Wilkinson and winemaker Ollie Masters – last year we tasted ‘The Audition Pinot Noir 2007’ – the audition was passed and now we have the ‘High Note’.

Misha’s The High Note Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 from Bendigo on the eastern side of Lake Dunstan is a deep, savoury smelling wine – savoury with a ‘high note’ of red fruit penetrating the scent and a hint of anise. The savoury theme continues in the mouth – it’s earthy, funky, dense and textural with dark fruits and a more Martinborough-like tannin structure than most Central Otago wines – winemaker input perhaps – although Ollie says that Bendigo is typically like this. And while still a little grainy at this stage, to me this is a good sign for this young Pinot Noir. It has the benefit of wild yeast ferment and oak is restrained compared to last year’s Audition while the finish is bright with a hint of cherry and those aromatic spices lingering beautifully. The wine has 14.3% alcohol and is sealed with a screwcap. The price is around $45.
(Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week, 29 Nov, 2009)