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2017 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir

2017 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir

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$299.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Central Otago
2017
750ml
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$299.94
Central Otago
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Central Otago has quickly established itself as ground zero for Pinot Noir in New Zealand-in the words of Jancis Robinson, "many believe this is where the Pinot grail is to be found". At 45° S, Central Otago is the most southerly wine region in the world and Mount Difficulty would have to be one of its finest proponents.

    All wines that carry the Mt Difficulty Bannockburn label are subject to two strict criteria: they have to be sourced from vineyards situated in a very specific area Bannockburn, south of the Kawarau River and they are to be under the umbrella of the Mt Difficulty management team. The reasons for these self-imposed constraints are that we believe this to be an area with very special qualities for growing grapes, and that the management of the vineyard is reflected in the quality of the ultimate product.

    This Bannockburn Pinot is a fine example of the Bannockburn Pinot style. Darkly scented and with reams of powerful fruit, it is a Pinot for those who love it on the larger side. Exemplary stuff.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • A very interesting season - overall we ended up with an average amount of heat even though the season had a distinctly cool bend to it. A very warm wet spring kicked off the growing season in style with very early bud-burst. Just as we were entering into flowering, the weather deteriorated with very cool weather being the norm right through late December. This impacted on flowering with lower than average yields.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    As their vineyards are ageing we are starting to see additional complexity emerging each vintage, 2017 produced a perfumed Pinot Noir focused on dark berry and black cherry; brambly herb elements overlay a combination of violet and deep baronial florals. The wine displays breadth, focus and a fine plush finish. Savoury brambly blackberry introduces the wine, followed by a broad textured mid palate; this moves seamlessly into plush fine textural tannins. Dark cherry notes frame the finish.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • The Mt Difficulty story begins with a handshake. The early 90s saw the owners of five newly planted vineyards in Bannockburn, come together to produce wine under one label. They called themselves the "Gang of Four." The first vintage produced under the Mt Difficulty label was 1998. Today they are comprised of many vineyards that span Central Otago, from Gibbston to Lowburn to Bendigo. The focus is on Pinot noir and Chardonnay, but Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are also produced. Recently, Mt Difficulty have begun experimental plantings of Chenin Blanc and Syrah too. Under the experienced guidance of Winemaker Matt Dicey, this winery continues to turn out incredible wines that are the ultimate expression of Central Otago, year after year.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 94 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    There's additional depth and complexity in this 2017 vintage. Perfumed, sappy and herb-laced red and black cherries, leading to a palate with ample fruit and a very smoothly rendered, plush finish. Great wine.'