Mt Difficulty Central Otago
One of the most promising of a new wave of wineries in Central Otago, originally established in 1992 and now made in a modern winemaking facility by Matt Dicey. The four partners, including Matt’s father, Robin Dicey, own some 32 ha of vineyard with further vines leased. This gives scope for small amounts of single-vineyard interpretations as well as blended examples. Pinot Noir is the star wine with the estate version from Bannockburn fruit continues to improve, adding more weight and density than previously seen. The widely sourced Roaring Meg is relatively simple and in a fruit driven style. Several single vineyard examples are also now made of a number of varieties. Small volume Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are stylish with better structure than previously. Pinot Gris is a lively, fruit-driven example; a Mansons Farm version is late-harvested. Riesling is made in different versions, varying both in origin and the degree of sweetness.
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