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Spotlight on: Roaring Meg

The woman, the myth, the legend behind one of Central Otago's most popular pinot noirs

The colourful story of Roaring Meg has its roots in Central Otago's pioneering past. Discovery of gold in the 1860s attracted many young men in search of their fortune to Central Otago, along with a number of enterprising young women equally keen to share in the spoils. Legend has it that one such person was named Meg – a high-spirited, fun-loving young woman with an eye for opportunity.

Nowadays, Roaring Meg is a well-known section of the Kawarau River, as well as one of  New Zealand's most popular pinot noirs. Although many know Roaring Meg as the “other” wine produced at Mt Difficulty, the winemakers don't consider her a second label. Mt Difficulty is specifically from the Bannockburn Sub-Region of Central Otago, whereas Roaring Meg is sourced from across Central Otago, primarily the Cromwell Basin.

The Roaring Meg Pinot Noir displays lovely red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb. Ripe textural tannins are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, producing a long, fruit-driven finish.

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