Mt Difficulty’s ghostly wines

Mt Difficulty vineyard at sunset. (Photo: Mt Difficulty Wines)

Mt difficulty introduced their single vineyard wine series in 2000 with its four vineyards on Felton Road: Long Gully, Target Gully, Pipeclay Terrace and Mansons Farm. They were followed by Packspur and McFelin Ridge in the Lowburn Valley Station Block and Silver Tussock on the Pisa Range.

The Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Bendigo Syrah 2019 is a robust, long-lived red that is approachable now but best left for a few years at least.

In 2015, they made wine from an elevated site in Bendigo on Chinaman’s Terrace. It was supposed to be a “one time only” wine but since 2016 the Ghost Town vineyard has been a permanent, and important, addition, now featuring chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah.

The Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Bendigo Pinot Noir 2016 is a bright, fresh and lively pinot noir with red rose, musk, savoury, dried herbs and spicy oak flavours supported by slightly rustic tannins and juicy acidity. (NZD $65)

Mt Difficulty’s Ghost Town Bendigo Pinot Noir 2019 is a ripe wine with dark berry, violet, spice and wild thyme flavours. An elegant, supple medium-bodied wine. Fine-grained tannins offer support without preventing the wine from being accessible. (NZD $65)

The Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Bendigo Chardonnay 2019 is a rich, quite creamy chardonnay with peach, vanilla, spicy oak and subtle oyster-shell flavours. An attractive wine that achieves a good balance between fruit sweetness and tangy acidity. (NZD $42)

Mt Difficulty’s Ghost Town Bendigo Syrah 2018 is from a record-breaking warm vintage. It’s a rich, lush, ripe red with cassis, dark berry, smoked meat, charcuterie, dried herbs and charred oak flavours supported by ripe, round tannins. The wine has enough density and richness to handle a high (15.5%) alcohol. (NZD $65)

Finally, the Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Bendigo Syrah 2019 is a deep, almost inky syrah with red-fleshed plum, black currant, cassis, pepper, new leather and anise flavours. A robust, long-lived red that is approachable now but best left for a few years at least. (NZD $65)


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