2015 Misha's Vineyard "Dress Circle" Pinot Gris Central Otago

SKU #1274015 93-94 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, light straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and fine in presentation with well-concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits, spiced pears in a harmonious amalgam with exotic florals musk and flinty lees. The aromatic core builds in depth with aeration. Dyish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits, pears, honey and spices, with subtle layers of nuts, flint and minerals, along with lifted floral elements. This has good mouthfeel, body and presence, the wine following a fine-textured line, driven with the assistance of gentle acidity. This has roundness and richness, which carries to a long, aromatic, nuanced finish. This is a well-concentrated dryish Pinot Gris with youthfully restrained, but subtly rich flavours of stonefruits, spices and musk and complexing flinty detail. Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, 80% GM 2-12 and 20% Barrie clones, WBP and 61% cool-fermented in stainless-steel with 39% indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak to 14.0% alc. and 6 g/L RS.  (1/2016)

94 points Sam Kim

 This pinot gris is exciting and delectable. Fragrant aromas of nectarine, rockmelon, poached pear and floral on the nose. The palate delivers excellent fruit purity and concentration, enhanced by silky texture and seamlessly integrated acidity. The wine offers gorgeous mouthfeel and length. Fabulous. Off-dry. At its best: now to 2020.  (1/2016)

90 points Bob Campbell

 A lightly scented wine with the aroma of wildflowers. Tree fruits such as pear, apricot and quince emerge on the palate. A hint of sweetness is balanced by fine, drying tannins, which promote a peppery texture.  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

I'll admit I'm not always a lover of this varietal...but this Pinot Gris bottling from Misha's Vineyard really impressed me. It has a lovely combination of the grape's exuberant floral, fruity aspects with a nice edge of savory, lees driven depth. Weighty and rich without being too heavy; super quaffable. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "With aromas of gingerbread, baked apple and pear, the multi-layered silken palate of this off-dry style flows gently with a floral jasmine perfume underpinned by a dry lemon zest freshness. The hand-picked fruit was all whole bunch pressed to ensure low phenolic levels which enhance the typical palate gentleness this variety can exhibit. The free run juice portion was cool-fermented in tank to retain varietal character. The later press portion was fermented at warmer temperatures in older French oak barrels with indigenous yeast to add more yeast complexity and build mid palate texture into the wine."

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14