Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Pinot Noir 2017
Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Pinot Noir 2017 is handcrafted in very limited quantities from our Bendigo Vineyard in Central Otago.
Dark cherry and wild berry with lashings of savoury brown spice, whilst lavender floral notes add in detail and brightness. Dense, tight, dark berry notes lead into a compact palate. The wine finishes with savoury structural tannins enveloping the wine with a flourish.
A deliciously decadent match for Ghost Town Pinot Noir is a hearty steak. Smokey succulent flavours in the steak and dark red berry and cherry notes in the wine are the perfect marriage.
Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Pinot Noir will improve for 8 -12 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
Our winter was dry so we came into the season with low soil moisture, October was significantly warmer than average leading to early bud burst, November carried this warm dry start on and whilst we had a small amount of rainfall leading into December it too was largely drier than normal. This led to an early and successful flowering. January was unseasonably changeable, whilst we had some rain it was the wind and changeability that really influenced growing conditions, delaying the onset of veraison. February cracked on with some super warm and mostly dry conditions outside of one large rainfall event late in the month. March was again unseasonably changeable and overcast with small rain events occurring through the month. Finally, the sun returned in April, along with more settled, warm weather. The variability and overcast days delayed the onset of picking. The vintage was very compact; with everything being harvested over a 24 day period.
We harvested the Pinot Noir over four picks from the 16th to the 21st April; in excellent condition. There is a plethora of different clones 114, 777, 667, Abel, 5, 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 10% 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 9-10 day cold soak and was hand plunged once daily; this was followed by a 7-12 day natural fermentation with temperature peaking at 29°C during which time the ferment was plunged twice daily. In total, the wine stayed on skins for 29 days prior to pressing, overnight settling and then went to barrel for 12 months. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the spring, was racked to tank the following winter and bottled, unfined, in December.
Alc. 14.2% T/A 5 gL-1 pH 3.71 Residual Sugar <1 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
- 96 Points with 5 Stars from Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review 2021
- Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
- 93 Points, James Suckling, New Zealand Tasting Report 2019
- Excellent, Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times 2018