Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2017
This wine celebrates Pinot Noir in Central Otago. Dark cherry and wild raspberry dominate with a briary note in the background; soft sweet brown spice characters add detail. Dark berry notes, framed by dried herb elements lead the wine onto the palate; the wine flows with good texture. Fine elegant tannins rise out of the mid-palate and then are displaced by the wine’s crunchy cherry acidity. Refreshing and engaging.
Roaring Meg Pinot Noir will improve for 3-5 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
A very interesting season - overall we ended up with an average amount of heat even though the season had a distinctly cool bend to it. A very warm, wet spring kicked off the growing season in style with very early bud-burst. Just as we were entering into flowering, the weather deteriorated with very cool weather being the norm right through late December. This impacted on flowering with lower than average yields.
The harvest began on the 4th April and finished up on the 28th April, another condensed harvest. The majority of the fruit was destemmed to enhance the natural fruit characters of the Cromwell Basin. A small proportion was retained as whole cluster, with the aim of building texture and structure. The grapes stayed in the fermenter on average for a total of 22-24 days, with temperatures peaking at 28 - 30°C. The wine was plunged once daily during pre-fermentation and once to twice daily during fermentation. When the wine tasted in harmony it was pressed off to French oak where it resided on lees for 10 months. It underwent malolactic fermentation during early spring, was racked out of barrel in mid-summer with filtration, but no fining, prior to bottling.
Alc. 14% Residual Sugar <1 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
26 September 2018
"Medium-deep red-purple colour, youthful and fresh, as it is also on the nose. Bright Campari, bitter-herb aromas, with dominant red and black-cherry aromas. The wine is medium bodied and bright on the tongue, with remarkable depth of flavour for the money and plenty of soft, fine tannin. There is a lovely core of sweet fruit, too."
Four Stars - North & South Magazine
"From Mt Difficulty, the latest release 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."