Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Vinification: The free run portion was inoculated and coolfermented (16- 7ºC) in tank to retain varietal character. The later press portion (~40%) was fermented at warmer temperatures (20ºC) in older French oak barrels with indigenous yeast to add more yeast complexity and build mid palate texture into the wine.
Cellar Potential: 1-6+ years
Sweetness: 7 g/L
Misha's Vineyard "Dress Circle" Pinot Gris 2016
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 first winemaker attracted to Central Otago was John Desiré Feraud who came to the area during the Dunstan gold rush of 1862, and after investing in a claim became rich overnight. Feraud, who was from a French winemaking family, recognised the potential for grape growing, and leased 40 hectares in Clyde where he planted the first wine grapes in 1864. Over the next 20 years he made a variety of wines even winning a prize for his Burgundy-style wine in Sydney in 1881. His farm, named Monte Christo Gardens, was an extensive garden of fruit trees, vegetables and 1200 vines, along with a winery which still stands today.
During this period, viticulturalist Romeo Bragato also visited Central Otago and declared the area as one of great potential for grape growing. However Feraud and Bragato’s enthusiasm for grape-growing did not spread to others and when Feraud left the region, commercial winemaking ceased. Over the next hundred years, no one tried to grow grapes again and the focus for Central Otago was on sheep farming and fruit production.