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2012 Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Notes

Long Gully Pinot Noir is hand crafted in very limited quantities and only released in outstanding vintages. Long Gully has always displayed classic perfumed red berry characters and for this warmer vintage, perfumed raspberry and red cherry really shine through along with an assemblage of christmas cake spices. These same berries dominate the entry onto the palate, this flows into a classic dense mid-palate. The wine finishes strongly with a lovely tension present right through the fine-grained tannins and spicy red berry fruit.

Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir will improve for 10 -15 years given optimal cellaring conditions.

Alcohol: 14%

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2012 Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir

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WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
80
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This single-site Bannockburn pinot noir has plenty of colour and depth, and is more understated than its Pipeclay Terrace sibling, offering plenty of ripe cherry and plum fruits with some red berries too, spicy oak and a sappy edge. The palate is smooth and swirling, delivering plenty of weight and flavour amid long, silky tannins that are really drenched in fleshy fruit; really neatly balanced and approachable.
Good Wine Guide 2013
93
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
It’s easy to misjudge Mt Difficulty’s pinots on first impressions. These are not flamboyant crowd pleasers, but rather tightly-coiled, structural wines, engineered for the long-haul, with aspirations that many New World pinots can but dream of. Target Gully leads out with a wonderful assemblage of fragrant morello cherry fruit of beautiful precision and outstanding persistence. Then its rigid oak chassis shows its form in excellent, firm, fine tannins and more than a touch of wood spice. The fruit always remains the focus, layered with black and red cherries, underlined by tangy acidity. This is an excellent vintage for Target Gully, and one that will live long indeed.
Wine Taste Edition 103 2013
95
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The single-site Long Gully pinot noir has brambly ripe summer berry fruits, some sweet cassia bark spice, fragrant lift and sweet, sappy notes. The palate's smooth, linear and packed with deceptively firm tannins that run straight length-wise, forming a reliable spinal cord. Should age neatly.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
My score changed three times over 48 hours as I tasted this wine, ever upward. On opening, the palate showed assertive structure of firm, fine, savoury tannins of near Burgundian proportions, its oak and fruit tussling in structural tension. In time, a core of red cherry fruit burst from its brittle shell, blossoming into a palate of wonderful rose petal fragrance, laced with sour morello cherries, plum skin, dried herbs and pink pepper. Greater things are yet to come.
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Lighter, brighter, more feminine fruits in this Long Gully vineyard cuvée, showing some more gravelly nuances and fragrant, refined aromas. Superb, precise palate with impressive arching lift across the middle that lands right in the red cherry flavour spectrum. Fine acidity and fine tannins start and finish on point. Very, very tidy.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96

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