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Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir 2005 (Magnum)

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Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago, Bannockburn
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2005
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2024
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 14.0%
Bottle Size: Magnum (1.5L)

The Wine
Long Gully Pinot Noir is hand crafted in very limited quantities and only released in outstanding vintages. Long Gully has always displayed classic dark perfumed red berry characters and for this warmer vintage, perfumed boysenberry and red cherry really shine through. These same berries dominate the entry onto the palate, and the classic Long Gully dense flow through the mid-palate. The wine finishes strongly with masculine fine-grained tannin flowing into red berry fruit.

Mt Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. Martinborough in New Zealand and Oregon in the US are the only other regions where Pinot Noir seems to flourish.

The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot Noir grapes. This, along with a mix of clays and gravels ideal for viticulture, provides an excellent basis not only for Pinot Noir, but also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay.

Mt Difficulty Wines was named after the mountain over-looking Felton Road and the southern Cromwell basin. This mountain is a very important part of the Bannockburn microclimate, providing shelter from the cool winds of the Wakatipu Basin and Gibbston Valley.

Producer Mt Difficulty
Country New Zealand
Region Central Otago
Color Red
Classification Bannockburn
Style Medium-Bodied, Dry
Alcohol Content 14.0%
Serving Temperature 16 °C
Vintage 2005
Grape Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Closure Screwcap
Cellaring Ready to Drink / Keep
Bottle Size 150cl
Robert Parker 92 Points

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