Mt Difficulty, Roaring Meg, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand
"...fresh, sweet-fruited, savoury and supple, with good concentration of berry, plum and spice flavours, showing considerable complexity." Michael Cooper
Mt Difficulty's Roaring Meg Pinot Noir from the estate's Cromwell Basin is a classic central Otago Pinot - with sweet red and dark fruits to the fore; spicy and complex with elegant tannins.
Roaring Meg Pinot is aged in French oak, resting on its lees for around 10 months where it built structure and complexity.
Roaring Meg is the second label of Mt Difficulty, which was launched in 2004, when a bountiful harvest produced an abundance of fruit. Roaring Meg is a fruit-driven, early drinking series of wines that became an instant hit with Mt. Difficulty drinkers and beyond, and has become a staple ever since.
Mt Difficulty was established in the 1990s by a group of four growers that formerly sold their grapes on, and were true pioneers of the Bannockburn subregion, harnessing a difficult but beautiful terrain overlooking the southern Cromwell Basin. Mt Difficulty creates a unique microclimate of low rainfall and humidity, with hot summers and a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns; conditions that bring the best out of the fickle Pinot Noir grape, and perfect also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Today, the estate owns some of the regions oldest vines, producing complex, concentrated fruit under fourth generation winemaker, Matt Dicey.
"From Mt Difficulty, the 2019 vintage (4*) of this highly popular red was hand-picked and matured for nine months in French oak casks (18 per cent new). Full, bright ruby, it is fresh, sweet-fruited, savoury and supple, with good concentration of berry, plum and spice flavours, showing considerable complexity." Michael Cooper
4 STARS - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews
4 STARS - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
"The 2017 vintage of this highly popular red was hand-picked and matured for nine months in French oak casks. Full, bright ruby, it is fragrant, fresh and sweet-fruited, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, savoury notes adding complexity, and gentle tannins. Showing good concentration, it is a top vintage of this label."
"Cheers to the Future of Great New Zealand Wines" JamesSuckling.com (article written 15 Oct 2018) "Fresh, fruit-driven style with good length and plenty of concentration and drinkability for the money."
4 Stars - Michael Cooper
A lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. Sweet berries fill the mouth, with fine, elegant tannins, good balancing acidity and a super long finish.