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Mt Difficulty Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

This is a lovely, rich, tight style of pinot noir from a single vineyard that will benefit from a couple more years in bottle, or a good decant. Aromas of ripe dark berries and cherries rise up, along with spiced plums, terracotta, and hints of mocha. The palate is medium-bodied and taut, with dark plum and baked spice flavours, tight and fine tannins, bright acidity, and a long, savoury-edged finish. It's in it for the long haul!

Winemaker's Notes

Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir is hand crafted in very limited quantities and only released in outstanding vintages. This vintage is distinctive showing classic Pipeclay Stella cherry and blackberry with a slight spice kick and light violet florals. The wine displays lovely flow with a perfumed dark berry entry which moves into a rich and sensuous mid-palate. The wine finishes strongly with a combination of fruit and finely grained structural tannin. It’s an extremely well balanced and graceful wine.

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

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Mt Difficulty Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
As Mt Difficulty's vines plunge their roots ever deeper into the parched moonscape that it Bannockburn, its single vineyard wines build confidence and effortless integration. Beautiful violet perfume and focused black cherry fruit are accented by the subtle exotic overtones of one-third whole bunch fermentation. Tannin framework is both enduringly structured and simultaneously fine and mineral.
2020 - 2030
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A single-site pinot that is at the top end of the price scale. This has deep-purple colour and a wealth of ripe dark cherry and plum fruit, plenty of cedar and cola-like oak in the mix too, toasted spices and chocolate here. The palate is all dark cherry- and plum-flavoured with immense flavour density, rich, ripe tannins and terrific power. It s very young and wound up at this stage; best left to settle in.
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Wine Companion (2010 Vintage) says
Situated in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Ortago, Matt Dicey has produced a wine that ably displays the complexity of earth, ironstone and ferrous complexity sitting along side plush dark fruits; full bodied and brooding, with ample tannins and a dry, almost rugged finish, time will see this wine flesh out and soften, and patience duly rewarded.
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Pipeclay Terrace is one of the most heroic vineyards in the adventure wonderland of Central Otago. The 2009 has just hit our shores and it’s fission-hot. Exotic spice, star anise and cinnamon are perfectly poised amidst shudderingly pure cherry fruits and a gorgeous violet perfume.
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This single-site pinot is an assertive and commanding style, with plenty of muscular tannin and rich fruit on offer. The nose has dark plums, earth and spice - still very much in the making, the oak's framing it all neatly. The palate is powerful and chewy, with toasty oak and a swathe of spice here: there's plum and cherry cola through the finish, and tannins wrench assertive and dry. Best in time.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
What a wine! Superb intensity here, real power, with style and genuine impact. Dark toasty spices and rich dark cherry fruit are super-convincing; it has depth and density in layers. Squarely in the ripe spectrum, this carries it well with dark prune, date, plum and cherry flavours laced up with charry oak through the finish. A brilliant, throaty wine.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
A powerful, lush Central Otago red with densely packed, cherryish, plummy flavours, spicy and long. It is grown on a steep, relatively hot slope at Bannockburn, with bony, gravelly soils. Tasted in late 2008, the 2000 was maturing well, building a savoury, nutty complexity, while the star 2002 vintage was still fairly youthful in colour, with beautifully rich plum/cherry flavours, vibrant and harmonious; it's lovely now. There was no 2006 vintage. The full-coloured 2007, matured for 14 months in French oak barriques, was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Described by the winery as 'distinctively masculine', it is sturdy, very ripe and sweet-fruited, with a strong surge of plum, spice and liquorice flavours, braced by firm tannins. One or the cellar; open 2011 +.
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