2019 Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Central Otago, NZ

A benchmark Pinot Noir from one of Central Otago's most respected names.


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About The Wine

Mt Difficulty is one of the most recognisable names in Central Otago wine.

With a towering reputation for producing premium Pinot Noir, the Bannockburn Pinot Noir is the standard bearer for the range. 

This wine is a blend of multiple plots of the same vineyard managed by the Mt Difficulty team. It's a powerful Pinot Noir which showcases the great terroir of the Bannockburn sub-region.

This is a wine you can cellar for a decade or drink tomorrow. In either case, it will be a great drinking experience.

About Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty is comprised of many vineyards, all across Central Otago - from Gibbston to Bendigo.

The Central Otago region has a fantastic climate and unique soils perfect for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.

Despite making fantastic wines of the above varieties, they still like to push the limits and experiment with their winemaking. Current Chief winemaker Greg Lane, hailing from South Australia, earned himself the title of New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year in 2018 and has no plans of holding back on establishing Mt Difficulty as the benchmark of Central Otago winemaking.

Chief winemaker, Greg Lane (left), and his predecessor, Matt Dicey
Chief winemaker, Greg Lane (left), and his predecessor, Matt Dicey
Central Otago, NZ
Additional Info

From The Producer

For a full expression of terroir, we co-fermented different clonal lots from the same vineyard, while keeping vineyards separate. About 75% of our ferments were de-stemmed only; the remaining quarter contained 15-40% whole clusters. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts lasted an average of 7 days with daily punch downs. The wine stayed on skins for a further 7-9 days post-dryness, after which it was pressed off to barrel where it resided on full lees for 12 months. It underwent malolactic fermentation in the spring, was racked out of barrel in late autumn and filtered but not fined prior to bottling.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

The vines of Mt Difficulty
The vines of Mt Difficulty
Central Otago, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Tasted alongside the 2018 vintage. Both vintages showed similar delicacy and floral notes but the 2019 vintage was slightly more intense with a greater fruit/plum/cherry influence." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)


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