In the late 1990's the owners of five newly-planted vineyards in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand became Mt Difficulty Wines. The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area is partially created by the presence of Mount Difficulty which overlooks the southern Cromwell basin, and is the namesake of Mt Difficulty Wines. Mount Difficulty is integral in providing low rainfall and humidity for the region. Bannockburn enjoys hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumn.
The 2010 Pinot Noir from Mt Difficulty is a great example of a New Zealand Pinot, with its well balanced fruit. The cost is a little on the high side, but it deserves to be recognised in the same sphere as a decent Burgundy. It needs to be left to breathe for a little time to bring out the best. If you're looking for something different to a Burgundy, but enjoy the complexity of the classic French red, you can't go too far wrong with one, if you can stomach the price!