2010 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir
This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red cherry and black berry fruits along with a hint of licorice. Further complexity is gained from oak spice. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.
2010 was a vintage of powerful concentration, with the hallmarks of both a warm and a cool season – ripe dark fruit co-mingled with red fruit and a splash of dried herbs!
It was an odd-ball vintage with warm conditions being over-ruled by ongoing winds and rapidly changing weather systems. Low initial bunch numbers coupled with the climatic variability led to yields being down by about 12% on average. A fantastic autumn helped bring the grapes through their last phase of ripening beautifully. Harvest was the latest we have ever experienced with first fruit not being picked till the 8th April. The blocks which are typically early were late, whilst our later blocks were harvested about their normal timeframe; this led to a very condensed, compacted, busy vintage - Mt. Difficulty