Meet Misha’s Vineyard. Exclusive to Langton’s, this Central Otago vineyard makes wines that engross and delight in equal measure. Lyric is the dry Riesling in the range (a counterpoint to the medium-dry Limelight). It’s light, it’s refreshing and it’s satisfyingly mineral.
There is beauty in simplicity. Expressive yet pure, Lyric could well become your go-to Riesling.
"Dry, but not austere riesling thanks to just a hint of sweetness that is perfectly balanced by fruity acidity. Nice weight and texture with classic lime, chalky, mineral and wild flower flavours. Good now but should age well."
93 points, Bob Campbell MW (February 2018)
"This is exquisitely expressed on the nose showing lime sorbet, lemon peel, apple blossom and jasmine characters. The palate is concentrated and focused with fabulous fruit purity and vibrancy, brilliantly structured by racy acidity, finishing impressively long and refined. Superbly balanced and poised. Style: Dry. At its best: now to 2025."
95 points, Sam Kim (February 2018)
"Fragrant, fresh and floral with aromas of jasmine, lime and lemon. On the palate - ripe with citrus, some white peach and honeysuckle flavours; no mistaking the minerality and abundant acidity punching through the palate like a rod of steel. Long finish, persistent & pristine. Drink now & through 2026."
95 points, Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
"This is the sort of 'dry' Riesling New Zealand needs a lot more of. Estate-grown and hand-harvested at Bendigo, in Central Otago, the 2015 vintage (4.5*) is fractionally off-dry (5.5 grams/litre of residual sugar). It was mostly handled in tanks, but 22 per cent of the blend was fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels. Highly scented, it is full-bodied and tightly structured, with good intensity of vibrant, citrusy, appley flavours, appetising acidity, some bottle-aged complexity emerging, and obvious aging potential. Best drinking 2019+."
5 Stars, Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The bouquet is elegant with taut and tightly bound, penetrating and intense aromas of lime fruit, white and yellow florals, a layering of toast and mineral elements. This is showing some secondary complexity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with a firm, but fine core and line, showing intense lime fruit, florals and wet-stone minerals. The mouthfeel is enlivened by crisp, zesty acidity lending excellent vibrancy and energy, and the wine flows along a very smooth-textured line with delicate phenolics, leading to a long, dry, citrus-nuanced finish. This is a finely concentrated and intensely fruited dry Riesling with complex secondary toasty aromas and a vibrant lime and mineral flavoured palate. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP, and 78% cool-fermented in stainless-steel to dryness, with 22% indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak, to 13.0% alc., 5.5 g/L RS, TA 7.7 g/L and pH 3.0. 203 dozen made."
19 points, Raymond Chan (February 2018)
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.