It all began in the early 1990's, when the owners of five newly-planted vineyards in Bannockburn shook hands and decided to work together to produce wine under one label, Mt Difficulty. As a result, Mt Difficulty now owns some of the oldest vineyards in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago in New Zealand's rugged South Island. The Mt Difficulty brand started in 1998 with a very small production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made by Grant Taylor of Gibbston Valley Wines (now of Valli Wines). Prior to this the gang sold their grapes to either Gibbston Valley or Chard Farm. The Air New Zealand wine awards in 1999 put Mt Difficulty on the map, with the 1998 Pinot Noir winning a gold medal and the Chardonnay, silver.
What The Critics Say
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2014 vintage)
"From Mt Difficulty, the 2014 vintage (4*) of this popular red was hand-picked and matured for nine months in French oak casks. Bright ruby, it is sweet-fruited, with strong, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, nutty and savoury notes adding complexity, and drink-young appeal. Enjoyable now, it should be at its best mid-2017+."
91/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2012 vintage)
"This consistently excellent pinot delivers again, displaying dark cherry, plum, floral and subtle spice aromas on the nose, followed by a succulent palate filled with appealing flavours and silky texture. A polished pinot with lovely intensity. At its best: now to 2016. Nov 2013."
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