After an ideal dry winter and a cool wet early spring, the only significant blemish on the 2012 vintage was the advection frost that hit our higher elevation Lowburn blocks in early November and dramatically impacted their crop levels. However, the season from that point on was nigh on a perfect cool season. Later in summer is traditionally our warmest period, but this year the extreme heat happened through Christmas and January, and then the weather cooled to merely ‘pleasantly warm’. It was dry for the most part; interspersed with short rain events happening at times where the moisture posed little threat. Early autumn was not looking auspicious with cooler temperatures and more rainfall than normal when a fantastic Indian summer finished the season off beautifully. Harvest came in two weeks later than usual due to the cooler overall temperatures, which brought a focused flavour profile with good natural acidity levels. It was a normal yielding year, and we have some very interesting wines in the cellar.
- NZ - Central Otago
- New Zealand
“The 2012 Pinot Noir reveals aromas of ripe cherries and red currants with hints of lavender, dried thyme and dusty earth. Medium-bodied with a good amount of expressive red berry flavors in the mouth, is has a good backbone of medium-level grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing with good length. Drink it now to 2017+.” Rating 89 - Drink by 2017+ Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, eRobertparker.com 12 NOV 2013
"Good, robust colour. Big and sweet fruited on the nose. Luscious, ripe red and black cherry and blackberry flavours; fragrant and spicy with support from well-integrated oak.
Still very youthful with good concentration and moderate, youthful complexity. Medium body, its nicely weighted in the mouth. Big, bold tannins are youthful just now, but they're sure to flesh out. A vibrant, enjoyable, young wine." 4.5 stars - Wine NZ Spring 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
A cool vintage has produced a Pinot Noir displaying delicious perfumed aromatics with piercing clarity; dark red and black fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by lifted floral notes.
The wine displays lovely elegance and flow with striking precision and clarity. On the palate it kicks off with a plush dense fruit of the forest entry, this plushness then moves beautifully into the mid palate, after which fine elegant textural tannins frame fruit and acidity on a lengthy finish.
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir will improve for 7-10 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.