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View details Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Sauvignon Blanc
$ 21.99 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Sauvignon Blanc
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SauvBlanc / Central Otago / NewZealand
Roaring Meg is a place of great natural beauty, pristine waters and the endowments of clean energy generation, austere terrains and challenging climes, the world's southermost winegrowing region. It is here in the heart of Central Otago, that a co operative of excruciatingly low fertility vineyards are closely managed by the Mt Difficulty viticultural team, to yield meagre harvests of the finest fruit in all Aotearoa.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2017
$ 30.99 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2017
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
A multi award winning Pinot Noir, Roaring Meg is the enthusiastic younger brother to the exalted Mt Difficulty label, a more approachable sibling of opulence and panache. Crafted to a fruit forward style from hand picked vineyards throughout the Cromwell basin, even in its early youth, Roaring Meg is fashioned to exhibit exhilarating spice characters and a concentration of ripe Pinot characters.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris
$ 21.99 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris
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PinotGris Grigio / Central Otago / NewZealand
Sites which have been earmarked on the basis of soil, aspect and microclime, are managed by the Mt Difficulty viticultural team and most dedicated growers, to yield the South Island's finest vintages of Pinot Gris. Selection of fruit is subject to strict criteria, parcels must be exclusively sourced from Bannockburn vineyards, on the south side of Kawarau River in the southern Cromwell basin. Fashioned to an off dry styling, followed by four months on gross yeast lees with weekly stirring to enhance complexity and texture.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Packspur Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
$ 69.99 Mt Difficulty Packspur Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
Elite single vineyard Pinot Noir, Mt Difficulty reflects the virtue of painfully low yields and uncompromising standards of winemaking. The artisanal commune of dedicated growers have harnessed the once brutal terrains of New Zealand's deep south, to achieve vintages which set the benchmark for all new world wines. Packspur was established 1993 along a track that was used to pack supplies to the goldfields of Cardrona Valley. Three hectares of north facing Pinot Noir clones 5, 6, 115 and Lincoln Mix, were planted to escape the worst of Central Otago's withering winds.
 
View details Mt Difficulty McFelin Ridge Chardonnay 2017
$ 33.99 Mt Difficulty McFelin Ridge Chardonnay 2017
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Chardonnay / Central Otago / NewZealand
Mt Difficulty is one of the most venerable wineries in all Aotearoa, they retain access to some of the oldest vineyards. The propitious vines at McFelin Ridge make a bigger, savoury style of Chardonnay. Destemmed fruit is pressed to a selection of seasoned and new French oak for vinification on full solids to indigenous yeasts, partial malolactic and bottling in March of the following year. Cashews, mineral and flint, perfumed by peach, stonefruits and lime, encased in a brioche of creamy palate textures, resolving on a butternut, juicy jonagold finish.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Mansons Farm Pinot Noir
$ 94.99 Mt Difficulty Mansons Farm Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
Clones 113, 114 and 115, planted to a site of schist glacial gravels along the banks of Kawarau River, a terroir that's heaven sent for superior vintages Pinot Noir. Grapes are all destemmed, cold soaked and treated to a fortnight of ferments, followed by several days of maceration, rested and racked to barrel for malolactic and sixteen months maturation. Painstakingly hand crafted, its earthy, savoury, sauvage raspberry notes before a background of violet florals, densely sculptured palate with lovely tension over persistent fine grained tannins and very cherry fruit.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Long Gully Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 94.99 Mt Difficulty Long Gully Vineyard Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
Long Gully Vineyard is perched atop the banks of Kawarau River, one of the oldest sites in Bannockburn. A mix of destemmed grapes and whole bunches are treated to days of maceration followed by a week of warm temperature ferments. Batches are punched down for a week, pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic and sixteen months maturation. Dark cherryness and earthy, savoury brown spice over a background of mocha oak. Long Gully Pinot Noir is hand crafted in very limited quantities and only ever released from the finest vintages.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Growers Chardonnay
$ 29.99 Mt Difficulty Growers Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Central Otago / NewZealand
Mt Difficulty were established 1998, initially releasing a very small range of very limited, but exceptional quality, quantities. Their harvests had long been called upon for bottling under the labels of New Zealand's most conspicuous brands. The joint venture, founded by some of Central Otago's most devoted and skillful growers, has grown into a leading vineyard winery collective, proselytizing the most discerning devotees, everywhere throughout the world of wine. A solid Chardonnay style, structured, opulent, Central Otago in astonishing balance.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2016
$ 29.99 Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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SauvBlanc / Central Otago / NewZealand
Auspiciously centred around the felicitious township of Bannockburn, an area of terrestrial and climactic extremes, Mt Difficulty are a co operatrive of Central Otago's most distinguished growers. Assembled from a compilation of parcels Sauvignon Blanc, picked off the Templars Hill, Mansons Farm and Saffron vineyards, a tenth of the wine is treated to ferments in pre loved oak barrels for a touch of Fumé Blanc. Redolent of lime, quince and pungent hay, four months weekly stirring on gross lees has added serious palate weight while infusing optimal varietal richness.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016
$ 54.99 Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
By virtue of their prolific range of single vineyard editions, assembling parcels with the greatest synergy are central to the production of a Mt Difficulty in perfect balance. Fruit is sourced from the south side of Kawarau River at Bannockburn, where different clonal parcels on the same block, which can ripen together, are handled as a unique individual parcel. Exhibiting an amazing weight of fruit on the palate, a powerfully structured Otago Pinot, fleshy and plushly textured, finishing with a lovely extraction of velvet tannin and perfumed cherry plum richness.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris
$ 27.99 Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris
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PinotGris Grigio / Central Otago / NewZealand
Mt Difficulty are sourced from resplendent sites at Bannockburn, south of the Kawarau River, under the close scrutiny of a highly accomplished viticultural team. An assemblage of fruit from a number of estate vineyards, Long Gully and Templars Hill, Ferris and Bannockburn Bay, Swansong and Pipeclay Terrace. A stunning nose of white peach, blossoms and bosc pear, luscious fruits to the palate, creamy and full of more ish flavour, gossamer textured and defined. Enriched by lees texture, reined in by lithe acid tang, a rich, minerally, stone fruit driven finish.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Dry Riesling 2017
$ 27.99 Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Dry Riesling 2017
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Riesling / Central Otago / NewZealand
Mt Difficulty were established in just the right way, when Bannockburn's most dedicated growers formed a commune to make Central Otago's finest wines. Riesling is sourced predominantly from Templars Hill vineyard, hand picked and fermented to dryness through the action of indigenous yeasts on full solids, rested unstirred on gross yeast lees for eleven months to build exceptional palate weight. Ripe citrus bouquet, peach blossom and linear grapefruit palate, a lovely line and drive, a pithy phenolic structure, works in harmony with the acidity to frame the finish beautifully.
 
From vineyards established early in the winemaking traditions of Central Otago, as handled by owner operators who are amongst the region's most passionate

Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vineyards and is one of most respected wineries in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's rugged South Island. The joint venture company, founded by some of Central Otago's most devoted and skillful growers, has grown into a leading New Zealand boutique winery with export markets everywhere.

 Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty really is a boutique estate, situated in Bannockburn, a unique and rare area of extremes. Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Central Otago's wine production. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. Martinborough in the North Island and USA's Oregon are the only other regions where Pinot noir seems to flourish.

The estate's vineyards are owned and operated by the same people who started up and own the Mt Difficulty winemaking operations. The Mt Difficulty brand started in 1998 with a very small production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Previously their grapes were included in many top-performing wines from other Central Otago wineries. The inaugural Pinot noir went on to win a Gold medal at the 1999 Air New Zealand wine awards, the Chardonnay attaining Silver. This was a great result for a startup winery and showed to the world the potential of Central Otago for these varieties.

The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot noir grapes. This, along with a mix of clays and gravels ideal for viticulture, provides an excellent basis not only for Pinot noir, but also for Pinot gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Mt Difficulty was named after the mountain over-looking Felton Road and the southern Cromwell basin. This mountain is a very important part of the Bannockburn microclimate providing shelter from the cool winds of the Wakatipu Basin and Gibbston.

 Mt Difficulty

All wines that carry the Mt Difficulty label are subject to two strict criteria: they have to be sourced from vineyards situated in a very specific area – Bannockburn, south of the Kawarau River – and they are to be under the umbrella of the Mt Difficulty management team. The very special qualities for growing grapes and the management of the vineyard is reflected in the quality of the ultimate product.

The area of Mt Difficulty has undergone enormous transformations prior to ever becoming a vineyard. Of all the sites chosen to be a vineyard, Templars Hill was the most woebegone and unlikely: a rabbit infested, gullied and briar covered wasteland that took a lot of work to get into shape to become a vineyard. To ensure the full potential of the region is realized, the winemaking team have a policy of very low cropping levels across all vineyards. Most of the vines are relatively old for Central Otago, extremely valuable in adding extra complexity and concentration to Pinot noir. In early 2001 Mt Difficulty commissioned a brand new, state of the art winery amidst estate vineyards on Felton Road. The winery was specially designed to produce hand made Pinot noir, along with separate facilities for other varieties such as a specific barrel hall for Chardonnay. This facility, along with the expertise of winemaker Matt Dicey, translates the outstanding quality of the grapes into equally outstanding wine.

An element of particular interest to is the nature of the soils. The diversity and complexity are essential elements that go toward the production of a well-balanced wine. Not least of these elements are the actual soils that the vines grow in. Mt Difficulty wines are made from grapes that have been grown on a wide variety of soils. One feature common to all vineyard soils is the high pH level, this is a situation that is tailor-made for grapes grown to sweet soils to yield the best wines.

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