MISHA'S VINEYARD The Starlet Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago
Misha’s Vineyard is located on a spectacular site in New Zealand on the edge of Lake Dunstan in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The sun-drenched, north-west facing terraces of the 57 hectare estate provide optimal conditions for producing world-class Pinot Gris. A ‘no compromise’ philosophy requires exacting viticulture regimes, hand-picking, and considerate winemaking methodologies.
The fruit for this wine is hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The free run and early press portion (70%) is handled anaerobically – settled, racked, inoculated and then cool fermented in stainless steel without air contact. The remaining juice portion is handled more oxidatively and spends time in older French oak barrels where it goes through a spontaneous ferment.
Blending the two components contributes complexity to both the flavour and texture of the finished wine, which typically shows exotically fragrant aromas of elderflower, lime and passionfruit and a rounded palate with tropical fruits and pineapple notes balanced by fresh citrus acidity.
A pure fruited bouquet with aromas of sweet lemon and white peach, red apple, pear with a moment or two of tropical fruit and sweet herbs. A seam of minerality runs through the centre of the bouquet. Tense, fruity, vibrant and varietal on the palate with flavours of citrus and mineral, white stone fruits and tree fruits and abundant acidity bringing all together. Nice flinty almost salty layer on the finish which is lengthy and persistent. Well made, youthful and ready to enjoy with food or cellar through 2022 then enjoy through 2026+. Delicious!
94 points, Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier (March 2021)
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.