Misha’s Vineyard Impromptu Pinot Noir 2011 Central Otago 14%
N: The first pure expression of fruit promotes some elegant and subtle savoury edges to show (enticing). Liquorice and wild thyme drifts through the bouquet along side a familiar and generous mix of dark cherry fruits and light red berries; this is followed by a brown spices layer from time in oak. Having been to this vineyard three times I am aware of a sense of place in the overall bouquet of this wine (lucky me).
P: The youthful taut, tense structure allows the cranberry/cherry ripeness to show; the cherry and spice flavors re-emerge as does the oak (moderate in intensity); a balanced, dry wine with moderate length. The 'terroir' signal continues on the palate. 2+ years development time yet, but clearly a wine that is drinkable now as well.