Bob Campbell,, March 2014

Ratings of new releases

Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago NZ Pinot Noir 2010 93/100
“Dense wine with plum, dark cherry, spice and liquorice/anise favours. Complex and classy Pinot Noir with quite strong, savoury tannins giving the wine obvious cellaring potential.”
Misha’s Vineyard Impromptu Central Otago NZ Pinot Noir 2012 88/100
“Misha’s introductory Pinot Noir punches well above its weight with impressive flavour density and delicious sweet cherry, plum, fresh herbs and wild thyme character. Approachable red in a deliciously drinkable style but showing good complexity and moderate power.”
Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Gallery’ Central Otago NZ Gewürztraminer 2013 93/100
“All fermented in older oak barrels to promote a richer texture and greater complexity. The result is a serious Gewurztraminer with intense floral/rose petal and spice/ginger/anise characters. Effectively dry with a lingering finish. Great food wine.”
Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago NZ Riesling 2013 94/100
“Intense, powerful Riesling that develops great tension between moderate sweetness and racy acidity. Lime zest and mineral flavours offer impressive purity and clear varietal identity. An ethereal texture also impresses. Very classy Riesling from the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago and a relatively new producer that is clearly emerging as one of the region’s more serious players.”
Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago NZ Riesling 2013 93/100
“Small production wine made from hand-picked fruit 74% of which was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain varietal purity while the rest was fermented in old barrels to contribute toward texture and complexity. Dry but certainly not austere Riesling in an Alsace style with lime, apple and obvious mineral flavours. The wine has fruit power, weight and structure from good use of skin contact. Impressive wine with the potential to age well.”
Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago NZ Pinot Gris 2013 92/100
“Fruit-focused Pinot Gris with subtle complexity from wild ferment, some oak and yeast lees influence. Richly textured wine with a lengthy finish and a good balance of fruit/alcohol sweetness with acidity promoting a drying finish.”
Misha’s Vineyard The Starlet Central Otago NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2013 90/100
“30-40% of grapes from low-yielding vines were barrel-fermented to produce a fruit-driven wine with a strong emphasis on texture. Intense stone fruit flavours with a strong mineral/chalk backbone. Bone-dry Sauvignon which should develop well with moderate bottle age.”

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