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
91/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Dry, moderately weighty riesling with root ginger, citrus, grapefruit and a suggestion of nutty lees character supported by very slightly peppery tannins. A good food wine 10/1/2019." Drink 2019 - 2024
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 vintage)
"Estate-grown at Bannockburn, the 2016 vintage (4.5*) is one of the best yet. Bright, light lemon/green, it is full-bodied and fleshy, with strong grapefruit, lime and peach flavours, dry but not austere, and a long, harmonious finish. Already drinking well, it should be at its best 2019+."
90/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
"Bone-dry riesling with citrus, white flower and a suggestion of chalky mineral character. Quite assertive fruity acidity makes this a great match with most seafood garnished with lemon or lime - it's a knockout with raw oysters 22/1/2017."
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