Mt Difficulty Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir 2010

100% Pinot Noir from the Bannockburn Pipeclay Terrace vineyard in Central Otago. 

Upon harvest one third of the ferments were destemmed, the remainder 25% whole cluster. Underwent 10 days pre-fermentation maceration. Fermentation took 6-10 days, sat on skins for a further 8-10 days, punched down daily during pre-fermentation, fermentation and post maceration. Settled overnight after pressing and racked to barrel for 16 months. Underwent malolactic fermentation and racked out of barrel.

Winemaker's Comments

These single vineyard wines are hand-crafted in limited quantities and only released in outstanding vintages. This season was distinctive, showing classic Pipeclay Stella cherry and blackberry with a slight spice kick and light violet florals. Has lovely flow with a perfumed dark berry entry moving into a rich and sensuous mid-palate. Finishes strongly with a combination of fruit and finely grained structural tannin. Extremely well balanced and graceful.

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    • Ratings and Reviews
    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