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Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir

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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

Long Gully Pinot Noir is hand crafted in very limited quantities and only released in outstanding vintages. Long Gully has always displayed classic dark perfumed red berry characters and for this warmer vintage, perfumed boysenberry and red cherry really shine through. These same berries dominate the entry onto the palate, and the classic Long Gully dense flow through the mid-palate. The wine finishes strongly with masculine fine-grained tannin flowing into red berry fruit.

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

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Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir

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WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
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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
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
From a vineyard that supplies core fruit for the Mt Difficulty Central Otago Pinot Noir label, this is promoted as a more 'feminine' style than its Pipe clay Terrace stablemate. The 2009 vintage, matured for 14 months in French oak barriques, is dark and highly concentrated, with a savoury, complex bouquet, very youthful cherry, plum and spice flavours, and firm tannins beneath. Drink 2013+.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Always a highlight of the Otago pinot offering, the '08 Long Gully has plenty of ripeness and innate terroir-driven complexity at hand. The aromas sit in the red-cherry and plum spectrum, with stony, musky fragrance here too. There's a brambly, fresh-trodden forest floor element building, some cola as well, and spicy, dark toasty oak - really complex! The palate's supple and silky, with a fine bed of tannin carving a lithe, complete and nicely shaped flavoursome impression. Bright cherry and fine, fluffy, close-packed tannins run deep.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
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
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, the finely balanced, full-flavoured 2000 vintage is a lively wine with sweet fruit characters, integrated oak, some nutty complexity, supple tannins and good length. The fruit-packed 2001 vintage is a gendy oaked style with fragrant cherry and red berry aromas. Full-coloured, it's a mouthfilling wine with lush, vibrant berry fruit and plum flavours and supple tannins in an instantly appealing style.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
This looks like a top Central Otago red on the rise. The 1998 vintage is a concentrated Bannockburn wine, complex, nutty and firmly structured, with sweet, ripe fruit wrapped in charry, toasty oak. The 1999, matured in French oak barriques (45 per cent new), is highly refined. Fresh, fruity and vibrant, with warm, deep cherry and spice flavours, it's mouthfilling and still very youthful, with intense, sweet fruit characters and a strong seasoning of nutty oak. One for the cellar.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This looks like a top Central Otago red on the rise. The 1998 vintage is a concentrated Bannockburn wine, complex, nutty and firmly structured, with sweet, ripe fruit wrapped in charry, toasty oak. The 1999, matured in French oak barriques (45 per cent new), is highly refined. Fresh, fruity and vibrant, with warm, deep cherry and spice flavours, it's mouthfilling and still very youthful, with intense, sweet fruit characters and a strong seasoning of nutty oak. One for the cellar.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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