The vintage: 2009 was a vintage with excellent flavour definition –
intense cool varietal characteristics with excellent concentration and typically high acidity providing lovely focus on the finish
Tasting Notes: This wine reflects the nature of a cooler vintage displaying great concentration and balance; red fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by black cherry, Christmas cake spice and savoury herb. The wine has a dark concentrated front palate, which displays these same characters in abundance. The mid palate is fleshy and well textured, and the wine finishes with a combination of sinewy tannin, fruit and acidity.
Cellaring Potential: Mt Difficulty Estate Pinot Noir will improve for 7-10 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
- “Hot List” – Wine Access (Feb/Mar. 2011)
- 5 Stars – Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer, The Great NZ Pinot Noir Classification 2011
- 5 Stars – Ralph Kyte-Powell, Melbourne Age 22nd February 2011
- 18+ Points – Geoff Kelly, COPNL Sneak Preview review 22 November 2010
- 19/20 Points – Raymond Chan 27 September 2010
- Silver – Decanter World of Wine Reviews 2011
- Review – Nick Stock, NZWineOnLine 5 Feb 2011
- Review – Nick Stock, Gourmet Traveller 4 Feb 2011
- Review – Ben Candaider, Voyeur magazine April 2011