Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2014


100% Pinot Noir from Bannockburn vineyards on the South side of the Kawarau River in Central Otago.

The majority of ferments were de-stemmed only; the remaining third contained 20-35% whole clusters. Underwent 9-10 days of cold maceration, hand-plunged daily. Fermented with indigenous yeasts for 8-10 days and hand-plunged twice daily with the temperature peaking at 31ºC. Stayed on skins a further 7-9 days post-dryness and plunged daily. When in harmony pressed off to barrel and resided on full lees for 12 months. Malolactic fermentation, racked out of barrel and filtered prior to bottling.

Winemaker's Comments

Ripe rich aromatics and perfumed black fruits of the forest are underpinned by lovely clove, anise and other spice notes. Displays elegance and flow with striking precision and clarity. The palate begins 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.

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