In a nutshell: One of New Zealand's most highly regarded Otago Pinot Noirs.
The lowdown: This hails from along the Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, near Queenstown in Central Otago, which now regarded as one of the best places in the New World to grow Pinot Noir. After fermentation it was racked off in to oak barrels where it stayed for 12 months on its lees undergoing malolactic fermentation in the process following which it was bottled. It's beautifully aromatic with refined and precise fresh berry, cherry and plum notes followed by complex spice and floral notes. On the palate this medium bodied wine has a savoury bramble quality and with fine tannins, a good balancing acidity and lingering hints of dark cherry it all leads to a delightful finish.
When to drink: Superbly complex, and while full ready to drink, this has the ageing potential to see it though to the late 2020s. When it comes to food matching it has the body and crisp acidity to go well with meats such as lamb and duck.
Established in 1992 by the Dicey family who owned some of the oldest vineyards in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago on the famous Felton Road the estate has been built up over the intervening years to over 40 hectares, including six single vineyard sites.
The Bannockburn area is one of the few sites outside of Burgundy that lends itself to the growing of the pernickety Pinot Noir grape and Mt Difficulty craft wines in the Burgundian style whilst stamping the uniqueness of the terroir to produce structured and serious wines. Matt Dicey, known as 'Le Grand Fromage' has a lifelong association with the wine industry, and is a fourth generation vigneron. After achieving a Masters Degree in Oenology and Viticulture Matt spent four years gaining experience outside of New Zealand.
As with all New Zealand wines, Mt Difficulty adhere to strict sustainability practices and constantly strive towards organic productions. Not content with growing superb Pinot Noir, they are also known for their aromatic whites and grape varieties such as their grower series Lowburn Chardonnay and Estate Chenin Blanc.