2010 Misha's Vineyard "High Note" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Dense wine with plum, dark cherry, spice and licorice/anise flavors. Complex and classy Pinot Noir with quite strong, savory tannins giving the wine obvious cellaring potential.
The wine shows seductive complexity on the nose displaying dark cherry, floral, game with hints of cedar and spice. It's concentrated and plush on the palate with excellent mid palate weight, beautifully supported by polished tannins. A delectable Pinot showing a symphony of gorgeous flavors. Best now to 2020.
Predominantly clone 5 fruit with significant portions of 777, 667 and 115, plus Abel and clone 6, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 38% new 300 L French oak hogsheads. Very dark, deep ruby-red colour, slightly paler on rim, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with bright, ripe dark berry fruit aromas, some raspberry liqueur and dark red florals entwined with an amalgam of oak and fresh herbs. Medium-full bodied, this has a tightly concentrated core of sweet dark red berry and cherry fruit. This has purity and depth and excellent linearity with fine-grained, firm tannin drive and excellent acidity for vitality and vibrancy. The oaking is sensitive, adding to the brightness and shine, and this has classical proportion and structure. The extraction builds to become the feature, carrying the fruit to a long, sustained finish. This is a fine, firm and concentrated Pinot Noir with bright dark red berry fruits and the structure to develop over the next 7-9 years.
A simply stunning example of Central Otago Pinot from one of my favorite, long lived vintages. The 2010 Misha's Vineyard "High Note" Pinot Noir is packed full of bramble fruits, wild thyme, warm earth, undergrowth and baking spice. From a vintage charcterized by dark, concentrated, structured wines, the tannins here have developed into a satin wash of plush, mouth filling texture and the exotic French oak spice is perfectly interwoven with the wines deep brooding fruit. At a recent K&L Staff Tasting this wine was a top performer with many of my colleagues swooning over this wines QPR. I'm really excited about our new direct import relationship with Misha's Vineyard and this beautiful Pinot Noir is the number one reason! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) 93 points from Master Somelier Cameron Douglas: "Lots of ripe and sweet-smelling dark red berries--cherry first then a little wild raspberry & a large helping of plum; dark baking spices add a layer of complexity as does a little clove and star anise. Overall med++ complexity. On the palate--dry, taut and firm--still very much a wine in a development stage (based on this tasting another 2-3 years to really settle in) but the flavours of PN start emerging with some force--plums and other red berries, crushed black cherry and brown spices all jostling for position on the palate. This is a wine for investment & cellaring ...and will likely age through to 2020 with ease."