Joelle Thomson Writer

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Month: March 2019 (page 1 of 5)

Wine news… Langton’s to distribute Misha’s Vineyard

Misha’s Vineyard from Central Otago has sealed a deal with Langton’s to be its sole representative in the Australian market.

“The name Langton’s is synonymous with fine wine so it’s a great honour that they have selected our brand to be part of their portfolio of producers” said Misha Wilkinson, owner and director of Misha’s Vineyard with her husband Andy.

Consumption of Pinot Noir has been growing steadily in Australia and Central Otago has become the Pinot Noir capital of New Zealand with 80% of the region’s vineyards devoted entirely to the Burgundian red grape.

Langton’s will offer Misha’s Vineyard cool-climate aromatic white wines, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

“Misha’s Vineyard wines are some of the most consistent and highly-rated wines in Central Otago, and we are proud to offer them exclusively in Australia,” said Florian Thoelke, Langton’s senior buyer.

Misha and Andy Wilkinson spent two years searching for vineyard land on which to establish their vines, which were planted in 2004. on a 57-hectare estate on the edge of Lake Dunstan in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago.

The focus for the first ten years was producing consistently high-quality wines and building a brand . Two years ago, the Misha’s Vineyard Tasting Room was opened in Cromwell signifying a new phase of growth for the company.

Langton’s began as a specialist wine auction house in 1988 and created a Classification of Fine Wine in 1991. The company is now owned by Woolworths and acquired a fine wine brokerage service to further enhance its position in the market, in 2011.

Misha’s Vineyard wines available through Langton’s includes Verismo Pinot Noir, The High Note Pinot Noir, Cantata Pinot Noir, Dress Circle Pinot Gris, Lyric Riesling, Limelight Riesling, The Gallery Gewürztraminer, The Cadenza Late Harvest Gewürztraminer.

New Central Otago wine room to flatter landscape


Artist’s impression of Te Kano Estate’s new cellar door on Felton Road, Central Otago… forecast to open in September 2019

Construction is underway on Te Kano Estate’s new tasting room in Central Otago.

The new tasting room will be cantilevered over the Kauwerau River, giving a vast view across the mountains and vineyards on Felton Road in Bannockburn. The facility will double as offices and entertaining spaces for the wine brand.  Accommodation and a restaurant are also planned, says Te Kano Estate owner Rhonda Lloyd, who employed Mason and Wales architects from Dunedin  to design the building to flatter the landscape and complement its nearby vineyards.

Lloyd says she is committed to developing the Central Otago wine story through this new space and also via a kowhai regeneration project that will see the native tree bloom in the region.

Te Kano winemaker Dave Sutton says the new tasting room will give people a glimpse of what’s to come for the wine company.

Te Kano has 42 hectares of vines in Central Otago, including 32 hectares planted at Northburn and five hectares on Felton Road, producing primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Construction of the Felton Road site is expected to finish in mid-June and open in  September 2019.

A Central Otago Pinot week

A season to look forward to… spring grapes after bud burst

Lovely new Pinot Noir from a cool weather, small volume vintage in the world’s southernmost wine region – Central Otago. Here’s my tasting note on the latest Pinot from Misha’s Vineyard…


2017 Misha’s Vineyard Cantata Pinot Noir $30


A cantata is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment – with more complexity than a simple song… a fitting name for this silky smooth, medium bodied Pinot Noir from Misha’s Vineyard, which is dry, medium bodied, spicy flavoured with cherry notes and a lingering finish.

This is the third vintage of Cantata Pinot Noir. It was first made in 2015 as a wine to serve by the glass at bars and restaurants and is now also available online to the public (that’s us) at

It’s made from grapes grown on Misha and Andy Wilkinson’s Bendigo vineyard, one of the warmest areas of Central Otago and one of the first in the entire region to harvest grapes each year. This Bendigo vineyard benefits from altitude, ranging from 210 to 350 metres above sea level. The wine is made from a blend of Pinot Noir clones, including clone 6, the Abel clone, UCD5, 777, 114, 667 and clone 4; all contributing different aspects of flavour and structure to the wine. Cantata is a barrel selection of Pinot Noirs made from Misha’s Vineyard and while it’s not as structured as the brand’s top Pinot Noir (The High Note), Cantata has a silkyness taht over delivers for this price. It drinks well now and will also age well for approximately seven to eight years in cool dark cellaring conditions.

Production is capped at 700 to 800 cases of this wine, so it’s not high volume and is currently sold only in New Zealand.

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