A beautifully balanced and remarkably long wine for a ‘second’ label. This wine is made by Mt. Difficulty from grapes grown in contracted Cromwell Basin vineyards and managed by their own team of viticulturists. I was not expecting the same power, complexity and breeding as the ‘real thing’ but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a wonderful pinot noir for the price. Yes, I know ‘value’ is subjective but I suspect most wine drinkers would find this wine very good value!
The first impressions are not what it looks like in the glass but the perfumed fragrance that jumps out of the bottle when the stelvin is removed. A bit like a genie out of the bottle! Aromas of blackberry and cherry fruits, cinnamon and summer flowers fill the air. The appearance in the glass is a perfect ruby red with great clarity.
The wine has an abundance of fine cherry and dark berry flavours supported by fine tannins and fresh acidity. To finish the wine is long and lingers nicely on the palate. It is probably not a wine that I would put down for extended cellaring, mainly because it is drinking so well now. Enjoy with salt and pepper calamari or a tuna salad.