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Mt Difficulty (375ml), 2017, Pinot Noir

Red, New World, Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand

Mt Difficulty Estate is comprised of six vineyards with total plantings of 40 hectares protected by the rain shadow of Mount Difficulty in Bannockburn, Central Otago in New Zealand's rugged South Island. It all began in the early 1990's, when the owners of five newly-planted vineyards in Bannockburn shook hands and decided to work together to produce wine under one label, Mt Difficulty. In 2004 Mt Difficulty Wines Ltd was formed and the majority of the individual vineyards passed into the ownership of the company.

Mt Difficulty Wines Ltd now owns some of the oldest vineyards in the region. The vine age gives their wines, particularly the Pinot Noirs, extra complexity and concentration. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognised as one of the few places in the world outside Burgundy where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home.

The winery notes on this wine and vintage: A warm, low-yielding vintage has produced a Pinot Noir displaying ripeness concentration and balance; dark fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by lifted florals and black cherry, balanced with sweet aromatic spice notes. The wine has a ripe concentrated front palate, which displays these same characters in abundance. The mid palate is fleshy and well textured, and the wine finishes with a combination of ripe, fine-grained tannin, fruit and acidity.

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