Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2015
With there founding vineyards established in 1992, Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vineyards and is one of the most respected wineries in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's rugged South Island.
Situated in Bannockburn, a unique and rare area of extremes, Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Central Otago's wine production.
As our vineyards are ageing we are starting to see more complexity emerging each vintage, 2015 produced a Pinot Noir focused on complexity and evolution; lovely beguiling violet florals interplayed with dark cherry and sweet brown spice.
The wine displays depth confidence and poise. Dense supple dark cherry notes lead a brown spice element into introducing the wine, this move into a beautifully textured plush mid palate, out of which rise fine elegant textural tannins. Cherry and spice notes frame the finish.
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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 Estate 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.
Cooler growing conditions in 2015 saw slightly smaller berries and lower yields of approximately 5.0-5.5 Tonnes /Ha. We started harvesting our Pinot Noir from 4th April and continued through to April 23rd. 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 9-10 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 6 - 8 days during which time they were hand plunged once to twice daily with the temperature peaking at 300C. 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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