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Misha’s Vineyard The Cadenza Central Otago Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 375ml 2019

January 12, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard The Cadenza Central Otago Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 375ml 2019 So here’s the thing.  If you thought that gewürztraminer was just a wham bam thank you ma’am kicker of sweetness and blousy spices, then you’ve got another thing coming.  Yes the Cadenza is sweet, yet it’s impeccably balanced, showing caramelised apricot, lychee, fresh peach … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard The Soloist Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2019

January 12, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard The Soloist Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2019 $27 The freshly-crushed pinot noir berries were left to soak on their skins for 24 hours to extract this gorgeous, redcurrant hue.  It’s an ultra-clean, yet full-bodied style that’s dry, incredibly zesty, cherry and berry-saturated rosé that really satisfies.  Cleansing, spicy, it’s very much like a … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago Riesling 2016

January 12, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago Riesling 2016 $28 Harvested on April 20th 2016, 86% of this blend of 3 different clones went directly into into stainless steel and the remainder into older French oak barrels to add a hint of flint, smoke and minerality to the wine. Intensely dry, cleansing, zingy and bursting with green … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago Riesling 2016

January 12, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago Riesling 2016 $28 This gorgeous drop was named in the exclusive ’60 Fine Wines of New Zealand’ list for Air NZ Business Class and was one of only four rieslings to feature, so it’s easy to see why Andy and Misha Wilkinson are fizzing. The Limelight is a consummate performer, … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

January 12, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $28 Olly Masters makes the wine for Andy and Misha Wilkinson from grapes that hang on for dear life to their steep, schisty vineyard on the slopes of Bendigo. Olly is considered the king of the aromatics and he always aims to please with his pinot … Read More

Mishas’ Vineyard Impromptu Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

January 11, 2020

Mishas’ Vineyard Impromptu Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $30 Crafted from fruit grown in the Bendigo, Lowburn and Wanaka sub-regions from a selection of different clones, this pinot noir is an incredibly classy, yet affordable example of how versatile and powerful Central Otago pinot noir can be. With its immediate berry and cherry hit on … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard Verismo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

January 11, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard Verismo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 $75 “We hold back our Reserve Pinot Noir so it’s always an ‘aged’ release” say Misha and Andy Wilkinson of their flagship pinot noir.  Released six years from harvest, the Verismo is a butterfly.  Unfurling slick, rainbow wings of flavour, cherry, blueberry, caramelised spices, baked tamarillo and … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

January 11, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $45 Crafted from a mixture of UCD5, 777, 115, 4 and Abel clones, this Bendigo-grown pinot noir has personality plus.  Youthful, yet complex cherry, dark berry and gamey notes erupt from the glass and do the wild thing with layers of slippery, stretchy tannins to … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard The Starlet Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2019

January 11, 2020

Misha’s Vineyard The Starlet Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $27 Released this month, this is, I’m pretty certain, my favourite ‘starlet’ release ever.  Concentrated, crunchy-fresh and citrus-stacked.  Central Otago sauvignon is one of the best-kept secrets in the land. Why? Because great examples like this heave with flavour and take people by surprise. I love … Read More

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018

January 9, 2020

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018 $50 The black tea and cherry notes on the nose dish out an exotic hit of aromatic intrigue that’s fresh, floral and flirtatious.  Highly savoury and showing good tension linking the spice, acidity, alcohol and tannins.  Warming and deeply flavoured, it’s a style that happily drinks now, but … Read More

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

January 9, 2020

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $40 I love the unusually floral nose, lavender and fennel merge with hallmark peach and citrus pith layers that break in waves across the palate.  Supported by a seriously acid-forged spine and edged with smoke, it’s also slightly cloudy, hazy in the glass due to not being conventionally filtered … Read More

Black Estate Dam Steep North Canterbury Riesling 2018

January 5, 2020

Black Estate Dam Steep North Canterbury Riesling 2018 $30 Deep clay and limestone soils are responsible for turning out certified organic riesling that’s both clean yet rich and creamy to consume.  Golden in the glass and perfumed with baked apple, manuka honey and citrus notes, it’s a beautifully balanced, fresh and crunchy, characterful riesling that … Read More

Thirsty Work is a television show that unearths some of the personalities behind New Zealand’s successful and innovative Wine and Beverage Industry. Broadcast on Food TV (SKY ch.9), Thirsty Work soaks up New Zealand’s beverage landscape.  Not just vineyards, but barrel halls, tank rooms, cellar doors, wine stores, supermarkets, breweries and backyard vignerons.

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