Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2016 (Bannockburn)

As the Mt Difficulty vineyards are ageing we are starting to see additional complexity emerging each vintage.

The 2016 Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir has notes of earthy savouriness; mocha, and sweet brown spice elements overlaid earthy dark cherry.

The wine displays line length and structural integrity. Savoury dark cherry notes alongside violet florals introduce the wine, this move into a linear elegant mid palate, out of which rise fine elegant textural tannins. Cherry notes frame the finish.

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir will improve for 10-15 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.

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"Aromatic, thyme and fennel, kiss of vanilla oak, red fruits. Medium bodied, brick dust tannin, some ‘mineral’ profile to the acidity, dried flower and perfume in the finish, with firm tannin to close. Classy."
94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, June 2018, Drink: 2020 - 2030

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Our winter was dry so we came into the season with low soil moisture, October was significantly warmer than average leading to early bud burst, November carried this warm dry start on and whilst we had a small amount of rainfall leading into December it too was largely drier than normal. This led to an early and successful flowering.

January was unseasonably changeable, whilst we had some rain it was the wind and changeability that really influenced growing conditions, delaying the onset of veraison. February cracked on with some super warm and mostly dry conditions outside of one large rainfall event late in the month. March was again unseasonably changeable and overcast with small rain events occurring through the month. Finally, the sun returned in April, along with more settled, warm weather. The variability and overcast days delayed the onset of picking. The vintage was very compact; with everything being harvested over a 24 day period.

The grapes for the wines that carry the Mt Difficulty Bannockburn label are subject to two strict criteria: they are managed under the umbrella of the Mt Difficulty viticultural team and must be sourced from vineyards situated on the South side of the Kawarau River at Bannockburn. Each has a specific terroir, largely influenced by climate, and offers a variety of soil types from open gravels to heavier clays. They are all low in fertility, and include light sands, clays, loams and gravels.

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir is blended from a range of Bannockburn vineyards, with the majority of grapes coming from earlier plantings which are predominantly clones 5, 6 and 10/5. More recent plantings are a mix of Dijon clones: 113, 115, 667 & 777.

The changeable season lead to lower than average yields of 5.0-5.5 T/Ha. Picking decisions were tricky with the key focus being phenolic ripeness. We started harvesting our Pinot Noir on the 4th April and continued through to April 24th. Where possible we try to co-ferment different clonal lots from the same vineyard, while vineyards are kept separate. Around three quarters of our ferments were de-stemmed only; the remaining quarter contained 20-30% whole clusters. The must underwent 8-9 days of cold maceration, being hand plunged once daily. The ferments were heated after this and all fermented with indigenous yeasts. The ferments lasted for an average of 8-10 days during which time they were hand plunged once to twice daily with the temperature peaking at 30°C. The wine stayed on skins for a further 7-9 days post-dryness, and was plunged occasionally with increasing ease. When the wine tasted in harmony it was pressed off to barrel where it resided on full lees for 12 months. It underwent malolactic fermentation in the spring, was racked out of barrel in late autumn and filtered but not fined prior to bottling. Winery Notes
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Case Qty 6
ABV 14.5%
Brand Mt Difficulty Wines New Zealand
Color Red
Variety Pinot Noir
Vintage 2016
Country of Manufacture New Zealand
Region Central Otago
State Imported
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $59.99
Dozen Buy $599.88
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