Mt Difficulty Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir 2009
"...highly concentrated, ripe flavours of plums and spices, a hint of liquorice, an earthy streak and a firm finish. Powerful, dense and structured..." Michael Cooper
Mt Difficulty's Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir is a dense, powerful, concentrated, yet still elegant Kiwi Pinot style.
Fruit for the vintage was grown on the estate's Bannockburn Pipeclay Terrace vineyard in Central Otago - a single vineyard wine only released in outstanding vintages.
Mt Difficulty was established in the 1990s by a group of four growers that formerly sold their grapes on, and were true pioneers of the Bannockburn subregion, harnessing a difficult but beautiful terrain overlooking the southern Cromwell Basin. Mt Difficulty creates a unique microclimate of low rainfall and humidity, with hot summers and a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns; conditions that bring the best out of the fickle Pinot Noir grape, and perfect also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Today, the estate owns some of the region's oldest vines, producing complex, concentrated fruit under fourth generation winemaker, Matt Dicey.
"This powerful Central Otago red is grown on a steep, relatively hot slope at Bannockburn, with bony, gravelly soils. Boldly coloured, with highly concentrated, ripe flavours of plums and spices, a hint of liquorice, an earthy streak and a firm finish. Powerful, dense and structured, it should be long-lived." Michael Cooper
94 POINTS - The Age/Sydney Morning Herald (Good Wine Guide), Nov 2013
94 POINTS - The Wine Companion (Ben Edwards), Aug 2013
97 POINTS - The Real Review (Huon Hooke), Aug 2012
4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper
Classic Pipeclay Stella cherry and blackberry notes with violet aromatics and a touch of spice. Extremely well-balanced and graceful in the mouth, with a perfumed dark berry entry flowing into a rich and sensuous mid-palate. Finishes long and strong, with a great combination of fruit and finely-grained tannins.