Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2017
The cooler vintage of 2017 resulted in white fleshed stonefruit, beurre bosc pear and all spice characters. 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.
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.
The fruit was hand harvested in top condition from the 10th – 20th April. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner, with the juice settled for a week prior to being racked clean. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeast, 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. 14.4% T/A 5.2 gL-1 pH 3.68 Residual Sugar 4.4 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Four and a Half Stars
Listener Magazine - Michael Cooper
13 October 2018
"Grown and hand-picked at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, this freshly scented and mouthfilling wine was made in a basically dry style. Vibrantly fruity, it has strong, pure pear and lychee flavours, a hint of spiciness and excellent delicacy, harmony and depth."