Media Coverage


New Zealand Wine Debuts in Fine Dining Restaurants and Hotels in Myanmar

Mizzima Weekly, by Elsie Chen December 22 2016

New Zealand wine is coming to hotels and fine dining restaurants in Myanmar with New Zealand winemakers Misha and Andy Wilkinson unveiling their products Misha’s Vineyard Wines in Yangon last week.

Misha’s Vineyard work with local distributor Ikon Mart to serve their wines in restaurants and hotels. “Myanmar is a growing and an increasingly important market in South East Asia. Wine culture is quite new to Myanmar. It is so exciting here,” Misha Wilkinson said. She was confident that her wines would be well accepted in Myanmar. “The food here is sort of light style and spicy and that works really well with the cool climate wine in New Zealand. Our Limelight Riesling which has a very refreshing works really well with local food,”

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Waiheke Weekender – Sept 2016

Waiheke Weekender – “The Sweet with the tart” by Linda Jones

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Wine Column for Cheers!

Wine Column (in Japanese) by Yuichi Kanamaru, Cheers, October Issue

“I wrote my Japanese column about your wines as attached. This is for Japanese monthly free-paper “Cheers” October issue and this may be released by the end of this week. This paper will be copied approx-12K and delivered to Japanese related Shops and Restaurants around Sydney area. I choose your Verismo Pinot Noir 2011 as wine of the month”. Yuichi Kanamaru Read more →

The Real Review – Bob Campbell

Misha’s 10th birthday

Real ReviewMisha’s Vineyard owners, Misha and Andy Wilkinson (pictured) celebrated their tenth vintage in style with a sell-out nine-course degustation dinner at the Rees Hotel in Queenstown matched with their earliest and most celebrated wines. As she sipped a 2012 ‘The Starlet’ Sauvignon Blanc (tasting) aperitif one guest remarked: “they’re getting rid of their old stuff on us”.

In fact, the Sauvignon was marvellous – if you spot a bottle from this vintage buy it! Sauvignon blanc has an unfair reputation for being a wine that, as the French say, “should be picked, pressed and pissed by Easter”. I’d like to bet that Misha’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc will deliver even more pleasure in another decade. Read more →

The Wine Narrative – Suzanne Brocklehurst

Misha Wilkinson, of New Zealand Central Otago producer Misha’s Vineyard, advises that the Dress Circle is the best place to sit in the theatre. Wilkinson’s mother was an opera singer so she should know, having virtually been brought up in the theatre.

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Världens Viner by Johan Franco Cereceda (in Swedish)

Sure, Central Otago is the world’s southernmost wine region. Pinot Noir reigns in chilly inland climate.

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The Wine Merchant, UK, Jan 2015

The Wine Merchant Lunch, “Varietals are the spice of NZ life”.

“In part two of our New Zealand special, four independents put some some Kiwi varietals through their paces and consider how these less familiar wines can build upon the platform created by the mighty Sauvignon Blanc”

Wine merchants taste a variety of New Zealand wines and comment – including Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Riesling – which stood out for special mention.

The Wine Merchant, Jan 2015 Download PDF

Ms Ye (Young) Shi – Taste Spirit (Chinese) June 2014

In mid-May we were delighted to host a group of journalists and sommeliers from China. This group represented some of the key opinion leaders from the wine industry and were especially interested in the Chinese connection that Misha’s Vineyard had though the goldmining that had taken place in the region during the late 1800’s. This week Ms Ye (Young) Shi – Co-founder and chief educator, TasteSpirit, writer for and international wine judge – published this article (in Chinese) on her web-site. Named ‘Ballet of Pinot Noir’ it covers the story of Misha’s Vineyard and the connections to Misha’s theatrical past as a ballerina.

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Bob Campbell,, March 2014

Ratings of new releases

Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago NZ Pinot Noir 2010 93/100
“Dense wine with plum, dark cherry, spice and liquorice/anise favours. Complex and classy Pinot Noir with quite strong, savoury tannins giving the wine obvious cellaring potential.”
Misha’s Vineyard Impromptu Central Otago NZ Pinot Noir 2012 88/100
“Misha’s introductory Pinot Noir punches well above its weight with impressive flavour density and delicious sweet cherry, plum, fresh herbs and wild thyme character. Approachable red in a deliciously drinkable style but showing good complexity and moderate power.”
Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Gallery’ Central Otago NZ Gewürztraminer 2013 93/100
“All fermented in older oak barrels to promote a richer texture and greater complexity. The result is a serious Gewurztraminer with intense floral/rose petal and spice/ginger/anise characters. Effectively dry with a lingering finish. Great food wine.”
Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago NZ Riesling 2013 94/100
“Intense, powerful Riesling that develops great tension between moderate sweetness and racy acidity. Lime zest and mineral flavours offer impressive purity and clear varietal identity. An ethereal texture also impresses. Very classy Riesling from the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago and a relatively new producer that is clearly emerging as one of the region’s more serious players.”
Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago NZ Riesling 2013 93/100
“Small production wine made from hand-picked fruit 74% of which was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain varietal purity while the rest was fermented in old barrels to contribute toward texture and complexity. Dry but certainly not austere Riesling in an Alsace style with lime, apple and obvious mineral flavours. The wine has fruit power, weight and structure from good use of skin contact. Impressive wine with the potential to age well.”
Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago NZ Pinot Gris 2013 92/100
“Fruit-focused Pinot Gris with subtle complexity from wild ferment, some oak and yeast lees influence. Richly textured wine with a lengthy finish and a good balance of fruit/alcohol sweetness with acidity promoting a drying finish.”
Misha’s Vineyard The Starlet Central Otago NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2013 90/100
“30-40% of grapes from low-yielding vines were barrel-fermented to produce a fruit-driven wine with a strong emphasis on texture. Intense stone fruit flavours with a strong mineral/chalk backbone. Bone-dry Sauvignon which should develop well with moderate bottle age.”

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John Hawkesby, “Wine”, New Zealand Herald/Weekend Herald, Metro Magazine, 22 March 2014

NZ Herald_Canvas Magazine_22 March 2014
2013 Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Riesling

“From Central Otago and Misha and Andy Wilkinson’s most impressive portfolio of aromatics and pinot noir. Winemaker Olly Masters has again produced the kind of riesling New Zealanders love. It is medium-dry, with lifted aromas of floral and hazelnut and the perfect mix of lime, lemon zest and a burst of flint. Perfectly balanced and sure to warrant a second glass.