Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Dry Riesling 2017
Evocative orange blossom and Jasmine notes introduce the aromatics; these then move into a fleshy tangerine character. Clean focused lime notes introduce the wine onto the palate; there is lovely line and drive. A pithy phenolic structure, works in harmony with the acidity to frame the finish of the wine.
Mt Difficulty Dry Riesling will improve for 6 to 8 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
A very interesting season - overall, we ended up with about an average amount of heat even though the season had a distinctly cool bent to it. A very warm wet spring kicked off the growing season in style with very early bud-burst. Just as we were entering into flowering the weather deteriorated with very cool weather being the norm right through late December. This impacted on flowering with lower than average yield.
Our Dry Riesling attempts to balance flavour and palate weight with the wine’s natural acidity. The 2017 was back to a cooler vintage and a later picking window. The majority of the fruit for this wine came off our Full Circle vineyard on the 16th April and the balance on the 29th April from our Swansong vineyard. It was carefully hand-harvested and processed through the winery – the wine was whole bunch pressed and fermented on full solids to help enhance palate weight. The wine was fermented relatively warm in stainless steel, using indigenous yeast to retain maximum varietal expression. The wine was fermented slowly to dryness, and then rested unstirred on its gross yeast lees; trying to build texture but not flavour. The wine stayed on gross lees for ten months and was then filtered and stabilised for bottling in February.
Alc. 13% T/A 7.8gL-1 pH 2.95 Residual Sugar <1gL-1
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