It was a pleasure to close out my time in Central Otago with a lunch & visit to Mt Difficulty in Bannockburn, including an hour or so with their winemaker, Matt Dicey. We took the chance to drive out to a couple of vine blocks to taste grapes for ripeness (he decided to pick the Riesling 2 days later, on their 2nd day of harvest). They had only half-bottles left of the low-yielding 2005, so I picked up a couple. Starting to show the first signs of maturity, with a medium depth garnet core. Fairly intense, complex nose of fresh & dried red fruit, with some cinnamon and cocoa powder complexity. Perhaps a touch closed? Very savoury palate, in spite of a red-fruit flavour core, with a touch of minerality and smokiness. Ripe, silky tannins, with just a touch of grip at the finish. Fairly long. Pretty good overall.