This ‘reserve style’ pinot noir from the single vineyard estate of Misha’s Vineyard shows the benefit of bottle age. It is quite a complex wine but still elegant rather than a ‘blockbuster’ style. “Powerful and graceful at the same time” says Sam Kim who awarded it 96/100 along with Cameron Douglas MS. From selected premium blocks on the vineyard, this Pinot Noir has more concentration, having luxuriated in French oak for 18 months and then aged before release so that it drinks perfectly.
Spectacularly located on the edge of Lake Dunstan in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, the 57-hectare single-vineyard Misha’s Vineyard estate provides optimal conditions for producing world-class Pinot Noir and aromatic white varieties and was named one of New Zealand's Top 20 Wine Producers (Decanter, UK).
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MISHA'S VINEYARD 'VERISMO' - PINOT NOIR - CENTRAL OTAGO - 2014 - 1.5 L
- Product Weight
- 3.4 kg
The fruit for this Reserve level wine, Verismo, comes from some small blocks on the single-estate of Misha’s Vineyard where the vines are carefully manicured throughout the growing season to ensure the vines only ripen a small crop which increases the quality and intensity. Verismo is released only when it has just started to enter its drinking window and although the 2014 is drinking superbly now, it will still comfortably age for at least another 5+ years. Pair with duck or pork dishes but this is also a great wine with Asian vegetarian dishes with dried black mushrooms – and fantastic with an Italian mushroom risotto.
Ruby in colour, this Pinot Noir has a restrained nose with hints of dark cherry, thyme and liquorice and an elegant palate dense with red fruits poised over chocolate and coffee bean tannins. The grapes were hand-picked at a very low 4.6 tonnes per hectare. After a year in French oak hogsheads, the winemaker blends from the most superior barrels and puts the wine back in oak for a further 6 months. The wine had minimal coarse filtering prior to bottling in October 2015 and is 14% alc.