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2014 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

Hailing from Central Otago, this is a fruit-driven, richer style of Pinot Noir that shows lots of ripe red cherries, spice and dark plums on the nose, with just a hint of earthiness and dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied and plush, with a spiced plum centre, fine tannins, bright acidity, and a fleshy, sumptuous finish. Order up that Peking duck.

Winemaker's Notes

This vintage has produced a Pinot Noir displaying ripe rich aromatics; perfumed black fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by lovely clove, anise and other brown spice notes. The wine displays lovely elegance and flow with striking precision and clarity. On the palate it kicks off with a supple dark berry entry, moving into a beautifully textured plush mid palate, after which fine elegant textural tannins frame fruit and acidity on a lengthy finish.

Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir will improve for 7-10 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This Bannockburn stalwart shows the sturdy and confident style that makes it so widely admired. There are dark, ripe cherry fruits here, some bracken and undergrowthy complexity, and attractive, toasty oak. The palate s brash and flavoursome, offering plum and cherry fruit amid strong, gravelly, ripe tannin, best in a year or two.
2015
Good Wine Guide
92
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The more I come to know Mt Difficulty and see its wines at various stages of life, the more I appreciate that these are pinots engineered for the long-haul. True to the style of the house, this is a release built more around structure and tannin than fruit and generosity, a refreshing and noble counterpoint to the up-front allure that many chase in this region. Tangy red cherries and generous blackberries are united with layers of mixed spice, dried herbs, finely textured tannins and an impressive, enduring acid profile. Oak provides firm tannin support and will benefit from some years to achieve its full potential.
2015-2020
Wine Taste Edition 104
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This Bannockburn pinot opens with nice bright fragrance and has a handy lifted fruit presence on the nose, some wild herbs, Chinese spices and earthy, stony notes. The palate's wrenched right to the limit of extraction, showing chewy tannin from start to finish and a decent ball of dark-cherry fruit holding on for the ride. Knife and fork stuff here in '09.
2013
The Good Wine Guide
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This opens with a swathe of dark spices and toasty oak, giving way to sweetly ripened dark plum flesh and juicy dark cherry. The palate works in reverse: first comes the concentrated dark cherry fruit, then plums and then a wash of toasty, spicy oak towards the finish. The structure is impeccable and the balance is spot-on - really even and convincing, finishing with satisfying chew.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Mt Diff is perched in a prime riverbank position along the golden mile of Bannockburn. Compelling black cherry and dark spiced plum fruit, tobacco leaf, wild thyme and blue fruits; there's plenty of spicy lift here, sweet and rich, superb concentration. The palate has density and depth; thick striding tannin that arches long through the finish carrying plum and dark berry flavour all the way.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93

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