Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2016
The slightly warmer vintage of 2016 resulted in ripe white peach and nectarine notes mingled with white blossom. The palate displays these same characters in abundance focusing on ripe succulent peach notes, while the mid palate is full, creamy and well textured. The wine has a rich, spice infused finish.
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris will improve for 3-5 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
Our winter was dry so we came into the season with low soil moisture, October was significantly warmer than average leading to early bud burst, November carried this warm dry start on and whilst we had a small amount of rainfall leading into December it too was largely drier than normal. This led to an early and successful flowering. January was unseasonably changeable, whilst we had some rain it was the wind and changeability that really influenced growing conditions, delaying the onset of veraison. February cracked on with some super warm and mostly dry conditions outside of one large rainfall event late in the month. March was again unseasonably changeable and overcast with small rain events occurring through the month. Finally, the sun returned in April, along with more settled, warm weather. The variability and overcast days delayed the onset of picking. The vintage was very compact; with everything being harvested over a 24 day period.
The fruit was hand harvested in top condition from the 5th – 18th April. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner, with the juice settled for a week prior to being racked clean. The wine was partially fermented with indigenous yeast, utilising cultured yeast to help finish the ferments, the wines were fermented cool to help maximise varietal character. All the components were left on gross yeast lees for four months post fermentation with weekly stirring to help enhance the complexity and textural aspects of the wine. Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2015 was bottled in September.
Alc. 14.5% T/A 5.3 gL-1 pH 3.46 Residual Sugar 5 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Review by North & South Magazine, Issue 381, Dec 2017
4 & 1/2 Stars
"[T]his is a vibrant, sturdy, full-bodied wine, attractively scented, with concentrated, ripe, peachy flavours, a vague hint of sweetness, finely balanced acidity, and loads of drink-young appeal."