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
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Very attractive Bannockburn pinot noir with lifted floral, dark cherry, plum, spice and anise flavours that are flattered by a silken-smooth texture. Impressive lightness and energy. Irresistible now but should develop well ".
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 vintage)
"This popular red is grown at Bannockburn, on the south side of the Kawarau River. Matured for a year in French oak casks, the 2016 vintage (5*) is already delicious. Bright ruby, it is fresh and full-bodied, with generous, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Elegant, rather than supercharged, it has loads of drink-young appeal."
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