Mt Difficulty Single Vineyard Long Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir

My score changed three times over 48 hours as I tasted this wine, ever upward. On opening, the palate showed assertive structure of firm, fine, savoury tannins of near Burgundian proportions, its oak and fruit tussling in structural tension. In time, a core of red cherry fruit burst from its brittle shell, blossoming into a palate of wonderful rose petal fragrance, laced with sour morello cherries, plum skin, dried herbs and pink pepper. Greater things are yet to come. $83 at Cellar d’Or.