Mischa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
"A big red blend ..."
- Very well structured
- 4 Star rated
- Smooth and yummy
“Kelpie” Barns and his wife Yvonne bought a 50 Hectare farm just outside Wellington in 1947. The decision had arisen shortly after Kelpie’s return from active service in North Africa during the Second World War. Kelpie was tired of taking orders and was not interested in the normal nine to five work schedule and so he and Yvonne decided to go farming!
Yvonne had been a famous ballet dancer with the Ballet Russe in Paris before the war and this lead to the estate’s unique title. Mikael had been Yvonne’s dance partner from before the war and Michael had been a close family friend shot down during the war. Kelpie and Yvonne thus decided to name the farm Mischa, the endearing form of Mikael and the Russian version of Michael.
A couple generations later and Andrew Barns, Kelpie’s grandson, had not only created his first Shiraz, with some primitive equipment and teasing from the family, but had miraculously sold out on the vintage too. The “die was cast” and Andrew decided to make career out of it and has slowly expanded Mischa Wines ever since with his focus being on classic reds with an “unwavering commitment to quality”.
“With this goal firmly in view, Andrew has entered and triumphed in many wine competitions and publications, including Veritas gold (Mischa Shiraz 2000); Fairbairn Gold (Mischa Cabernet 2001); Four stars in UK Decanter magazine (Eventide Cabernet 2000); SA Wine Magazine (Eventide Cabernet 2000); Platter?s Wine Guide (Mischa Shiraz 1999, Mischa Shiraz 2001, Mischa Cabernet 2001 and Eventide Cabernet 2001); a 92 rating by Robert M. Parker Jr (Eventide Cabernet Sauvignon 2002), and a 90 rating by Robert M. Parker Jr (Eventide Shiraz 2002).
Andrew Barns is the owner and winemaker of Mischa Estate wines. His father, John, originally offered him a choice between studying winemaking or the capital for winemaking equipment. Andrew being a “self-doer”, decided on the latter. He believes the soils that make up Mischa Estate’s lands are a key component to their success.