Mount Difficulty 2018 Roaring Meg Pinot Noir

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Mount Difficulty is my favourite producer of Central Otago Pinot Noir. Complex wines with notes of black cherry, spices and forest fruits.

Roaring Meg is produced by Mt Difficulty, one of Central Otago's leading producers. This wine is sourced from two of their vineyards in the Cromwell basin of Central Otago.

This area of New Zealand, more than any other, has made its reputation based on its surprisingly rich Pinot Noirs, with Mt Difficulty being one of the pioneering estates of the region. Roaring Meg is their entry level range, but do doubt, it is made with the same skill as their top wines.

The wine is made like a modern Burgundy with partial whole cluster fermentation which adds a richness and brightness to the fruit. The wine is macerated on its skins for 21 - 23 days giving a deep extraction with concentrated flavours, and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.

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Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

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