Our 2018 Pinot Noir opens with vibrant floral notes, savoury brown spice and earthy notes on top of a core of red cherry that flows through the aroma. On the palate, supple and layered, bright red cherry notes introduce the wine. As the wine dwells on the palate layers unfurl, revealing silken texture. Fine tannins rise gracefully and are slowly displaced by a tang of acidity and more vibrant red cherry notes on the long finish.' €”Matt Dicey, Winemaker
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.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2018 Bannockburn Pinot Noir features subdued, brooding aromas of cherries, cedar and sous-bois, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate framed by some chunky tannins. It's robust without being unapproachable, turning silky on the lingering finish. It should drink well now (with a little aeration) and for at least the next 6-7 years.