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