Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Our Price: $49.99 / bottle
(RRP $59.99)

Case: 6 bottles

As our vineyards are ageing we are starting to see additional complexity emerging each vintage, 2016 produced a Pinot Noir focused on earthy savouriness; mocha notes, and sweet brown spice elements overlaid earthy dark cherry. The wine displays line length and structural integrity. Savoury dark cherry notes alongside violet florals introduce the wine, this move into a linear elegant mid palate, out of which rise fine elegant textural tannins. Cherry notes frame the finish.


  • The changeable season lead to lower than average yields of 5.0-5.5 T/Ha. Picking decisions were tricky with the key focus being phenolic ripeness. We started harvesting our Pinot Noir on the 4th April and continued through to April 24th. Where possible we try to co-ferment different clonal lots from the same vineyard, while vineyards are kept separate. Around three quarters of our ferments were de-stemmed only; the remaining quarter contained 20-30% whole clusters. The must underwent 8-9 days of cold maceration, being hand plunged once daily. The ferments were heated after this and all fermented with indigenous yeasts. The ferments lasted for an average of 8-10 days during which time they were hand plunged once to twice daily with the temperature peaking at 30°C. The wine stayed on skins for a further 7-9 days post-dryness, and was plunged occasionally with increasing ease. When the wine tasted in harmony it was pressed off to barrel where it resided on full lees for 12 months. It underwent malolactic fermentation in the spring, was racked out of barrel in late autumn and filtered but not fined prior to bottling.

    Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
    Region: Central Otago, NZ
    ABV: 13.9%

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