Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2018
£24.95 per bottle
The grapes for this wine come from their estate vineyards on the Felton Road. Handpicked and hand crafted, this wine reflects the nature of the vintage displaying great concentration and balance. Red fruits of the forest along with blackberries dominate the aroma, these are underpinned by savoury herb and liquorice. The wine has a abundant fruity front palate which is fleshy and well textured. Wonderful smooth silky tannins combine with a hint of oak and delivers a truly expressive pinot with mineral characteristics associated with Central Otago.
Roast meats and turkey, coq au vin, veal escalope.
A spectacular landscape and sophisticated tourist culture also home to some of the world`s best Pinot Noir, not to mention impressive, vivid white wines. Historically noted as pre-eminently suitable for winemaking (Bragato 1895), stonefruit prevailed until renewed interest in the 1950s and then significant commitment by the 1970s pioneers. The main sub-regions lie within close reach but the distinctive mountainous terrain means each occupies a unique niche of climate, aspect and altitude. Soils can vary considerably within each sub -region though a stony free draining base is common to all. The world`s southernmost wine region and the country`s highest, in this semi-continental climate, frosts are an accepted and planned for hazard. Dry autumns and overall low humidity are signficant assets, helping to coax both amazing purity and complexity.
Boutique winery Mt Difficulty was an early pioneer in the region. With their founding vineyards established in 1992, Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vines and is one of the most respected producers in Central Otago. Situated on the famous Felton Road in Bannockburn, this is a unique and rare area of extremes. Mt Difficulty has harnessed this once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Otago`s and some say New Zealand`s, finest wine production.
Bob Campbell awarded 95 points in February 2017.