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 www.mishasvineyard.com

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.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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