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Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir Rose 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Our signature Bennett Valley Merlot is sourced from the terraced vineyards of the Jackson Park Ranch. Located 930-feet above Bennett Valley's floor, our 110 acre site is planted to clone 181, the Pétrus clone of Merlot. We also blended in 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from our mountain vineyards in Knights Valley, to add additional structure and a rich mouthfeel.

Mount Difficulty:
The Mt Difficulty brand started in 1998 with a very small production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. This Pinot noir went on to win a Gold medal at the 1999 Air New Zealand wine awards, with the Chardonnay attaining Silver. This was a great result for a startup winery and shows the potential of Central Otago for these varieties. Previously the grapes from our vineyards were included in many top-p... Read more
The Mt Difficulty brand started in 1998 with a very small production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. This Pinot noir went on to win a Gold medal at the 1999 Air New Zealand wine awards, with the Chardonnay attaining Silver. This was a great result for a startup winery and shows the potential of Central Otago for these varieties. Previously the grapes from our vineyards were included in many top-performing wines from other Central Otago wineries. The four Mt Difficulty vineyards are privately owned by the same people who started and own the Mt Difficulty brand and winery. The initial joint venture has grown into a leading New Zealand boutique winery with export markets in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore, with the rest of the world to come! Read less

External Reviews for Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir Rose

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Color: Garnet red.Nose: A collection of fresh herbs, including thyme, sage and clove with hints of hawthorn and quince followed by black currants and licorice.Flavor: Blackberry and moist earth notes coupled with clove, white pepper and boysenberries give this wine exceptional balance and so tannins. - Winery


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
11/28/2012

A classic, Matanzas Creek has produced outstanding Merlot form Bennet Valley in Sonoma for decades. A portion of the grapes for this 2006 are sourced from Jackson Park Vineyard which overlooks Matanzas Creek Winery from its location 930 feet above the valley floor. With its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Jackson Park is at the front line of the cooling effects of the Petaluma Wind Gap which brings marine winds and coastal fog into the valley. These conditions help to maintain the grapes' aromatic qualities, acidity and tannin structure. From the stellar 2007 vintage, Wine Enthusiast Magazine said about this wine "Quite a good wine, dry and firm in tannins, with a certain distinguished elegance."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/15/2014

Color: Garnet red.Nose: A collection of fresh herbs, including thyme, sage and clove with hints of hawthorn and quince followed by black currants and licorice.Flavor: Blackberry and moist earth notes coupled with clove, white pepper and boysenberries give this wine exceptional balance and so tannins. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **



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Tasting Notes:

A beautiful garnet red color, the nose of our signature Merlot is a collection of fresh herbs including thyme, sage and clove followed by black currants and licorice. A long finish and sturdy, yet elegant tannins allow for early drinking and the ability to age for 8-10 years or more.

Our signature Bennett Valley Merlot is sourced from the terraced vineyards of the Jackson Park Ranch. Located 930-feet above Bennett Valley's floor, our 110 acre site is planted to clone 181, the Pétrus clone of Merlot. We also blended in 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from our mountain vineyards in Knights Valley, to add additional structure and a rich mouthfeel.

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