Mt. Difficulty Wines

Mt. Difficulty was established in New Zealand’s trendy Central Otago region in 1998 as a boutique winery by four Bannockburn vineyard owners, with the aim of making a super-premium Otago Pinot Noir.

The Bannockburn soil with a mix of clays and gravels, ideal for viticulture, combined with the unique microclimate brought by the mountain itself is the perfect terroir for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. After a few short years of success Mt. Difficulty is now recognised as one of the leading Pinot Noir producers of the region if not the whole country.

Website

www.mtdifficulty.co.nz

Address

73 Felton Road, Bannockburn  Cromwell 9384 Central Otago, New Zealand

Country

New Zealand

Region

Central Otago

Appellation

Central Otago


Wines from this Winery


Mt. Difficulty Wines Pinot Gris

The grapes for this wine come from four of this winery’s Bannockburn vineyards; Templars Hill, Long Gully, Bannockburn Bay and Ferris. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner and the wine was fermented cool to help maximize the varietal character. These techniques were also used to help enhance the complexity and textural aspects of the wine. Starting with fruity aromas of peach and nectarine, the palate is full and well textured, showing firm backbone. This creamy and fleshy wine has an impressive tropical finish.   

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¥4,000
Mt. Difficulty Wines Pinot Gris

The grapes for this wine come from four of this winery’s Bannockburn vineyards; Templars Hill, Long Gully, Bannockburn Bay and Ferris. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner and the wine was fermented cool to help maximize the varietal character. These techniques were also used to help enhance the complexity and textural aspects of the wine. Starting with fruity aromas of peach and nectarine, the palate is full and well textured, showing firm backbone. This creamy and fleshy wine has an impressive tropical finish.   

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¥4,000
Mt. Difficulty Wines Pinot Gris

The grapes for this wine come from four of this winery’s Bannockburn vineyards; Templars Hill, Long Gully, Bannockburn Bay and Ferris. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner and the wine was fermented cool to help maximize the varietal character. These techniques were also used to help enhance the complexity and textural aspects of the wine. Starting with fruity aromas of peach and nectarine, the palate is full and well textured, showing firm backbone. This creamy and fleshy wine has an impressive tropical finish.   

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¥4,000
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Mt. Difficulty Wines Pinot Gris

The grapes for this wine come from four of this winery’s Bannockburn vineyards; Templars Hill, Long Gully, Bannockburn Bay and Ferris. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner and the wine was fermented cool to help maximize the varietal character. These techniques were also used to help enhance the complexity and textural aspects of the wine. Starting with fruity aromas of peach and nectarine, the palate is full and well textured, showing firm backbone. This creamy and fleshy wine has an impressive tropical finish.   

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¥4,000
Mt. Difficulty Wines Roaring Meg Pinot Noir

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from the spiciness of the oak. Tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine; these are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit driven finish. Roaring Meg is recognised as one of the greatest bargains in premium Otago Pinot Noir

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¥4,000
Mt. Difficulty Wines Roaring Meg Pinot Noir

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from the spiciness of the oak. Tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine; these are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit driven finish. Roaring Meg is recognised as one of the greatest bargains in premium Otago Pinot Noir

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¥4,000
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Mt. Difficulty Wines Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is all about complexity, with mealy, vanilla, citrus and tropical fruit components. The palate explodes with ripe citrus characters moving onto the mid palate with an excellent creamy texture and weight from extended lees contact and barrel aging. A good grapefruit dominated finish complements the wine’s natural acidity.

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¥4,400
Mt. Difficulty Wines Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is all about complexity, with mealy, vanilla, citrus and tropical fruit components. The palate explodes with ripe citrus characters moving onto the mid palate with an excellent creamy texture and weight from extended lees contact and barrel aging. A good grapefruit dominated finish complements the wine’s natural acidity.

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¥4,400
Mt. Difficulty Wines Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is all about complexity, with mealy, vanilla, citrus and tropical fruit components. The palate explodes with ripe citrus characters moving onto the mid palate with an excellent creamy texture and weight from extended lees contact and barrel aging. A good grapefruit dominated finish complements the wine’s natural acidity.

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¥4,400
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Mt. Difficulty Wines Pinot Noir

This wine always displays great balance and concentration. Red fruits of the forest along with blackberry dominate the aroma, these are underpinned by savory dried herb and licorice. The wine has a sweet concentrated front palate, which displays these same characters in abundance; the mid palate is fleshy and well textured. The wine finishes with a lovely combination of tannins and fruit. 

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¥6,500
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Mt. Difficulty Wines Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir

 This wine shows concentrated black cherry and blackberry aromas alongside licorice and spice. The palate displays a strong fruit entry, which moves into a rich and sensuous mid-palate and it finishes strongly with a combination of fruit and finely grained tannin. 

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¥14,000
Mt.Difficulty Wines Long Gully Pinot Noir

The fruit for this wine was harvested from Mt. Difficulty’s Long Gully vineyard. The majority of the fruit was de-stemmed, 20% of the final wine had 25% whole clusters during fermentation. Mt. Difficulty’s Single Vineyard Pinot Noir wines have been created to show specific attributes of each vineyard and vintage and the Long Gully has always displayed classic red forest berry characters which really shine through the wine. Red current and boysenberry flavors dominate the entry onto the palate, and flow in a rich and sensuous vein of fruit through the mid-palate. The wine finishes strongly with lovely fine-grained tannins integrating seamlessly.  ■ Grape Variety 100% Pinot Noir 

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¥14,000