2011 saw the first Growers Series wines released. Mt. Difficulty owns some of the oldest vineyards in Bannockburn and, as a consequence has access to some of the best fruit in Central Otago. The Growers Series label was a project to showcase the terroir of different subregions. The Chinaman's Terrace Pinot Noir comes from the subregion of Bendigo, the vineyard sits 350 meters above sea level, to the east of Clutha River.
"Dense, ripe pinot noir in a typical Bendigo style, with impressively dense ripe plum, dark cherry, liquorice and wood smoke characters. A firm structure of ripe tannins suggests good cellaring potential." 94 points, Bob Campbell.
"From a warm site in a cool vintage, the 2015 Growers Series Chinamans Terrace Pinot Noir delivers the goods. At 25% whole clusters, it shows a bit of that floral, spicy, sappiness, but that element is balanced by lush cherry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with a plush, velvety texture and a lingering finish. It should drink well for up to a decade from vintage." 93 points, Joe Czerwinski.
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.