Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris Central Otago 2008

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18.5/20 points Geoff Kelly: (no oak) Pale lemonstraw. Bouquet is clear-cut pinot family, attractive rose petal and white pear flesh, some white nectarine... Palate continues these winning qualities, pure pinot gris fruit, surprisingly dry yet the phenolics so well handled they merely give the wine structure. This is a lovely example of the variety. It will be a good food wine, as well as cellaring well 2 - 6 years. (Nov 2008)

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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
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Snooth User: dynowine
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03/12/2010

This mildly intense wine is well-balanced and would pair well with asian cooking featuring meat and veggies in a savory citrus sauce. Nose was tart, yeasty, notes of citrus and peach. On the attack had lively acid, noticeable mandarin orange and almond flavor continuing into the mid-palate. Light bodied and almost clear in color. Finish continued with the orange theme. Men impress the ladies with this wine at the local gourmet Chinese restaurant.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/20/2010

A Pinot Gris wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2008 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris 750ml



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18.5/20 points Geoff Kelly: (no oak) Pale lemonstraw. Bouquet is clear-cut pinot family, attractive rose petal and white pear flesh, some white nectarine... Palate continues these winning qualities, pure pinot gris fruit, surprisingly dry yet the phenolics so well handled they merely give the wine structure. This is a lovely example of the variety. It will be a good food wine, as well as cellaring well 2 - 6 years. (Nov 2008)

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