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View details Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2015
$ 27.99 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2015
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PinotNoir / 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. 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 fruit flavours.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris 2015
$ 19.99 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris 2015
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PinotGris Grigio / Central Otago / NewZealand
Mt Difficulty is one of the most venerable wineries in Central Otago, they retain access to some of the oldest vineyards. Sites which have been earmarked on the basis of soil, aspect and microclime, are managed by the estate 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.
 
View details Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2015
$ 44.99 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2015
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
Elite single vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir, Mt Difficulty reflects the virtue of painfully low yields and uncompromising standards of winemaking. Grapes are 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 Pinot Gris 2015
$ 29.99 Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2015
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PinotGris Grigio / Central Otago / NewZealand
Mt Difficulty really is a boutique estate, situated in the unique aspects of Bannockburn, an area of terrestrial and climactic extremes. Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to create wines at the forefront of Central Otago's production. The brand started in 1998 with very small, but exceptional quality, quantities. Previously their grapes were included in many top performing brands. The joint venture, founded by some of Central Otago's most devoted and skillful growers, has grown into a leading winery, proselytizing devotees everywhere.
 
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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