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Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010

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This bold red offers wild blackberry flavors that take on a brambly note, with velvety tannins and notes of tobacco, campfire and mineral. Wine Spectator

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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

Editorial Reviews for Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/15/2010

The aromas fairly jump out of the glass with this wine, exhibiting great earthy and forest floor elements that are in balance with the rich fruit. On the palate the acidity keeps this wine impressively vivid with bitter cherry fruit that is set off by the lovely earthy elements and stemmy spice tones. This has a subtle gamy, wild edge to it and finishes with refreshing acidity and soft tannins. Wonderfully-expressed Pinot fruit in a gentle, elegant package. 91pts


Member Reviews for Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago

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Snooth User: DCStar
29703122
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/07/2012

Smells cheesy, tastes medium bodied, a bit tannic, mushroomy. Nice and drinkable.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/12/2012

On the nose, notes of bing cherry and strawberry. Some mineral tones and light spice. On the palate, a surprising blend of currant and blackberry on refined tannins. It has nice structure, sweet ripe fruit finish with good, pure fruit throughout. Nice! 2/11/12


Snooth User: doctron
39047569
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/19/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: davekeyes
20221228
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/04/2009

Delicious


Snooth User: davekeyes
20221228
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/04/2009

An excellent and stable wine for the price. Leave to breath and you'll be very happy to sit backwith this one.


Snooth User: davekeyes
20221228
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/12/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: vindood
197797143
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/06/2009

`Fermented at a relatively warm 35 degrees and undergoing 11 months lees-contact in barrel, the 2006 Pinot Noir is one of the standouts of its kind. A very primal nose of cherry, Doris plum and ripe strawberries all with fabulous definition and vivacity. The palate is beautifully balanced, very elegant and taut with notes of red cherry, plum, raspberry leaf and a hint of cassis towards the structured finish. Wonderful stuff - it is not a crime to drink now but I would leave it a couple of years before opening.` RP.


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External Reviews for Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Good medium red. Slightly reduced aromas of redcurrant milk chocolate and smoky oak struck me as a bit merlot-like. Sweet musky red fruit flavors are lifted by spices and framed by an edge of acidity. Shows good life but I wanted a bit more in the way of primary pinot fruit. Finishes with slightly drying dusty tannins. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Good medium red. Slightly reduced aromas of redcurrant, milk chocolate and smoky oak struck me as a bit merlot-like. Sweet, musky red fruit flavors are lifted by spices and framed by an edge of acidity. Shows good life but I wanted a bit more in t... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2010 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/11/2012

A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2010 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/15/2012

Intense, rich and quite fleshy wine that avoids wearing the fruit bomb label by a structure of fine and pleasantly drying tannins that offer subtle restraint. Strong plum, dary cherry, chocolate, anise/spice and toasty oak flavours. Bob Campbell, MW. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2010 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 01/20/2011

Light and velvety, with lovely currant and blackberry fruit gliding over refined tannins through the vivid finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,000 cases imported. -HS Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2008 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 12/14/2009

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 12/07/2010

Deep red-ruby color. Sappy aromas of black cherry, cola and spices show a trace of reduction. Densely packed, concentrated and sappy, with an urgent quality to the flavors of berries, brown spices, fresh herbs and pepper. Finishes firm, with an intr... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2007 Mt. Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 750ml


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This bold red offers wild blackberry flavors that take on a brambly note, with velvety tannins and notes of tobacco, campfire and mineral. Wine Spectator

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