Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Vinification: The majority of the juice (84%) was racked, inoculated and cool fermented to dryness in stainless steel to retain varietal purity. The remaining portion was allowed to undergo spontaneous ferment in older French oak barrels in order to add more complex mineral/flnt characters to the wine.
Sweetness: 4 g/L
Misha's Vineyard "Lyric" Riesling 2013
A dry Riesling with a complex and intense bouquet of lemon sherbet, baked quince and mango. The palate is tight and pure with lingering lime juice acidity.
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.