This is a dry style of Riesling but it’s not austere – it has very good complexity and a finely structured long finish. It was awarded ‘Classic’ wine status by Michael Cooper who writes the Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines and has rated it 5 stars since the first vintage some 15 years ago.
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 'LYRIC' - RIESLING - CENTRAL OTAGO - 2019
- Product Weight
- 1.5 kg
Sam Kim, one of New Zealand’s top critics described this wine as “Offering fabulous fruit purity and elegance, the wine shows Granny Smith apple, green tea and jasmine characters on the nose, followed by a pristine palate that's gorgeously flowing and lingering. It's crisp-dry and linear, making it mouth-watering and tremendously appealing. At its best: 2022 to 2034” Sam rated it 95/100 points – need we say more? The very best pairing options are seafood and shellfish, fruit dishes, pork, smoked meats, and anything that’s a little spicy. It is 12.5% alc.
Intensely complex aromas slowly unravel into lime, mandarin, spices and a touch of manuka honey. This dry style has a palate that's polished and poised with a fresh acidity. The fruit was all hand-harvested and low cropped with 25% of the fruit undergoing wild fermentation in old French oak barrels to add more complex mineral/flint characters to the wine. The residual sugar level is 4 g/l which means it has just a whisper of fruit sweetness but still definitely classified as a dry style.