Mount Difficulty (Central Otago, NZ)

Welcome to the wines of Mount Difficulty - among the very finest producers you will find on the pages of Exel Wines!

We are particularly pleased and excited to be able to offer these; these are wines curiously hard to track down in the UK.

Established in 1992, the Dicey family owns some of the oldest vineyards in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago on the famous Felton Road and have acquired land over the last ten years to build up to over 40 hectares, including six single vineyard sites.

The Bannockburn area is one of the few sites outside of Burgundy that lends itself to the growing of the pernickety Pinot Noir grape and Mt Difficulty craft wines in the Burgundian style whilst stamping the uniqueness of the terroir to produce structured and serious wines. Matt Dicey, known as 'Le Grand Fromage' has a lifelong association with the wine industry, and is a fourth generation vigneron. After achieving a Masters Degree in Oenology and Viticulture Matt spent four years gaining experience overseas.

As with all New Zealand wines, Mt Difficulty adhere to strict sustainability practices and constantly strive towards organic productions.

Not content with growing superb Pinot Noir, they are also known for their aromatic whites and grape varieties such as their grower series Lowburn Chardonnay and Estate Chenin Blanc.

For an excellent video on the Mt Difficulty ideal, click here.

For similar but "A Year In The Vines", click here.

We offer wines from all four of Mt Difficult's four ranges: Roaring Meg and Bannockburn and the prestigious Growers Series and Single Vineyard ranges.

For an explanation of these series, and their points of distinction and difference, click here.

Across this spread - all ten wines are shown and available below, with reviews they have garnered on each product page - you'll find wines from £15 upwards, covering:

  • the excellent trademark Pinot Noirs;
  • a rare Central Otago take on NZ Sauvignon Blanc;
  • Pinot Gris in both classic and late harvest/sweet forms;
  • an excellent (and utterly delicious) semi-sweet Riesling;
  • a luxury. serious, very structured Syrah (think Cornas, not Barossa); and
  • a glorious Chenin Blanc.

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