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Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago Long Gully 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit toasty on the nose, with a decidedly green element on the nose that reveals itself as herbal/lime/green peppercorn note. This is also a bit meaty in almost a Syrah-like way, with some tea notes as well as notes of cocoa dust and a smoky top note. Big and sweet on entry, with very soft tannins and lively acids supporting rich, black raspberry fruits on the mid-palate. This feels a bit compressed in the mouth, perhaps it needs some additional time in the bottle, though it already reveals the good clarity and purity of the fruit. 89pts

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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 Long Gully

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
12/09/2010

A bit toasty on the nose, with a decidedly green element on the nose that reveals itself as herbal/lime/green peppercorn note. This is also a bit meaty in almost a Syrah-like way, with some tea notes as well as notes of cocoa dust and a smoky top note. Big and sweet on entry, with very soft tannins and lively acids supporting rich, black raspberry fruits on the mid-palate. This feels a bit compressed in the mouth, perhaps it needs some additional time in the bottle, though it already reveals the good clarity and purity of the fruit. 89pts


External Reviews for Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago Long Gully

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Medium ruby- purple colored, the 2008 Long Gully Pinot Noir provides intense black cherry and kirsch aroma with layers of spice and earth aromas: cinnamon, cloves, forest floor and truffles. Elegant, medium bodied with excellent structure of high aci... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Otago in New Zealand. 2008 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Long Gully 750ml




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