2018 Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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JS 93 WA 90
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, December 2020

Quite an intense, rich, red and dark-cherry and red-plum nose. There are some sappy and spicy elements on offer, too. The palate has such smooth, fleshy and fluid texture with bright red cherries sitting up on the finish...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2020

The 2018 Bannockburn Pinot Noir features subdued, brooding aromas of cherries, cedar and sous-bois, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate framed by some chunky tannins. It's robust without being unapproachable...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Region Central Otago
Sub-region Bannockburn
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Screw Cap

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir, a captivating red wine hailing from the esteemed Central Otago region in New Zealand. Crafted with precision and passion by the renowned producer, Mt. Difficulty, this Pinot Noir is a true testament to the artistry of winemaking.

In the glass, this wine showcases a mesmerizing ruby red hue, alluring and vibrant. The aromas that emanate from the glass are nothing short of enchanting. An intense and rich bouquet of ripe red and dark cherries fills the air, accompanied by notes of red plum that add a touch of elegance. Layers of sappy and spicy elements intertwine, adding depth and complexity to the aromatic profile.

On the palate, the Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir unveils its true character. A smooth, fleshy, and fluid texture caresses the senses, delivering a sensory experience like no other. Bright red cherries dance on the palate, their vibrant flavors creating a symphony of taste. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression of pure delight.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling bestowed a remarkable score of 93 upon this exceptional vintage. He praised its intense nose, highlighting the richness of red and dark cherries. Suckling also noted the smooth and fleshy texture, emphasizing the bright red cherry flavors that persist on the finish. This wine is ready to be enjoyed now, and its screw cap closure ensures easy access to its magnificence.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognized the excellence of the 2018 Bannockburn Pinot Noir, awarding it a score of 90. Their tasting note mentions the subdued aromas of cherries, cedar, and sous-bois, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate marked by chunky tannins. The wine strikes a perfect balance between robustness and approachability, culminating in a silky and lingering finish. With a little aeration, this wine can be savored now or cellared for the next 6-7 years.

The 2018 Mt. Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir is a masterpiece that captures the essence of Central Otago. With its impeccable balance, enticing aromatics, and velvety texture, this wine is a testament to the world-class winemaking talent found in New Zealand. Indulge in this extraordinary Pinot Noir and embark on a journey of sensory bliss.