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Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Rose 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

88 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Opaque ruby. Spice-accented cherry and blueberry aromas are given depth by licorice and a tarry nuance. Energetic and precise but somewhat pinched in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. A smoky note builds on a finish firmed by dusty tannins. (May/Jun 2014)

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 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Rose

External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
02/09/2015

Sonoma County, California


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

Color: Deep ruby red Appearance: Dried blueberries, dried cranberries, black plums and cassis notes. Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder comingling with hits of black cardamom. Salty black licorice, green peppercorns and roasted coee beans. Mouthfeel: Black slate, graphite, vibrant acidity, seamless tannins and a long finish Vintage Notes: 2011 was the coldest growing season in decades. During winter and spring it was cold and rainy. Bud break and bloom were delayed and clusters were small. Leaf removal and cluster separation were crucial tasks in the vineyards to reach our high standard of quality. Cluster removal was done early allowing air ow and sunlight to reach clusters. Summer was mild and the aernoon sun helped mature grapes to full ripeness with complex aromatics. 2011 was excellent vintage for Merlot because it matures earlier than other red varieties. Majority of our blocks were picked before the rain. - Winery Composition: 94.6% Merlot 1.6% Cabernet Sauvignon 1.6% Malbec 1.2% Petit Verdot 1% Cabernet Franc Aged: 15 months Barrels: French/American (39% new French oak) Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.53 TA: 6.2 g/L


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
06/20/2019

Sonoma County, CaliforniaMatanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot is a beautiful red wine gem from Sonoma. For the past four decades, Matanzas Creek Winery has focused on creating site-expressive wines. Sonoma County Merlot includes fruit sourced from vineyards across three appellations (Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley and Knights Valley) and from an eclectic diversity of soils, sun exposure, clones, rootstocks and altitude. This diversity is the cornerstone of the rich complexity of this wine.Within the complex profile of Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot you will find a triumvirate of red, black and blue fruits. The nose opens to a medley of red cherry and raspberry, Satsuma plum and sage, with a hint of cocoa powder in the background. The palate is sleek and savory, framed by vibrant acidity and seamless tannins with notes of black slate and graphite that carry through to a lengthy yet elegant finish. Aged 100% for 17 months in French/American oak, 27% new French oak.Enjoy Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot with veal chops, roast pork, creamy pastas and aged cheeses.



88 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Opaque ruby. Spice-accented cherry and blueberry aromas are given depth by licorice and a tarry nuance. Energetic and precise but somewhat pinched in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. A smoky note builds on a finish firmed by dusty tannins. (May/Jun 2014)

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