WBW #14, Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 2004

Dehlinger Octagon Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998

Oops. In my haste, I missed a “new” in the instructions for this WBW and inadvertently posted a simply “new world pinot noir,” an excellent Dehlinger. Jens suggested “new new world pinot noir” that is to say ex-France and ex-west coast US. So my new new WBW wine is:

Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 2003 Find this wine

The kiwis are trying to make pinot their red signature grape as they have done with sauvignon blanc for the white. At the Wines of New Zealand trade tasting in New York this spring, I tasted through a lot of examples of kiwi pinot and liked the ones from the Central Otago region the best. Otago markets itself the “southernmost vineyard in the world” and it really is isolated, way down in the South Island.

Mt. Difficulty is a good producer and I have enjoyed at least a couple vintages of their Pinots. If I weren’t having, uh, difficulty in coming up with my notes from the tasting I’d be more specific. Instead you’ll just have to “trust me” (hey better a Pinot than a Supreme Court nominee).

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3 Responses to “WBW #14, Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 2004”

  1. I just found this one in Ohio at a tasting and ordered a few bottles. Brought one home last Friday for a casual dinner party of grilled flank steak and salad. It was the first wine of the evening out of about eight wines from Spain, Argentina, Italy and California. I am very impressed. I will be watching the Central Otago region from now on.

    jens at cincinnati wine garage

  2. I just returned from a first visit to New Zealand and their wineries. Amazing wines, especially the pinot noirs of Central Otago and Martinborough areas. Mt. Difficulty was the best in my book and their Pipeclay single vineyard at $80 a bottle is well worth the price. At a tasting from the New Zealand wines last week in NYC this was the top of the top. Good on!

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