Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Pinot Noir 2021
Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Pinot Noir 2021 is handcrafted in very limited quantities from our Bendigo Vineyard in Central Otago.
Black currant and doris plum fruit, with some savoury notes of iodine, peat smoke and wood spice. A great depth of fruit on the palate - red and black cherry, raspberry and plum. There is a tug of earthy, savoury notes that sits alongside the fruit from the mid palate. A long finish is rounded out with some intriguing spice notes.
Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Pinot Noir will evolve with careful cellaring for 10-15 years.
The 2021 growing season was a return to the enviable, lower stress conditions that Central Otago is famous for. We started with a warm spring, which gave the vines a good start. January was cooler and wetter, which replenished the soils and slowed growth, giving small, intensely flavoured grapes. By the time the beginning of harvest rolled around, we were just ahead of our long term average in terms of rate of ripening, and with fruit in fantastic condition. Yields were thankfully back to average in most areas, with only Bannockburn cropping slightly lower. This has given wines with excellent flavour and structure.
We harvested the Pinot Noir over two picks on the 2nd and the 3rd May; inexcellent condition. There is a plethora of different clones 114, 777, Abel, 667, 115, all planted on the vineyard and also all represented in this wine. Where we were able to, we co-fermented all these clonal lots to enhance early integration. The majority of the fruit was destemmed, with around 5% of the fruit retained as whole clusters to help build structural intensity and help reflect the unique characteristics of the site. The wine underwent a 6 day cold soak and was hand plunged once daily; this was followed by a 8-9 day natural fermentation with temperature peaking at 30°C during which time the ferment was plunged once daily. In total, the wine stayed on skins for 25 days prior to pressing, overnight settling and then went to barrel for 12 months. The wine went through malolacticfermentation in the spring, was racked to tank the following autumn and bottled, filtered but unfined, in July 2022.
Alc. 14% T/A 5.6 gL-1 pH 3.74 Residual Sugar 0 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
- 90 Points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review 2023