Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Target Riesling 2016
Honey suckle, mandarin, a hint of apricot and an undertone of beeswax entertain in the aroma of this Riesling. Clean nectarine notes introduce this wine to the palate. A moderate amount of residual sugar (42g/L) has been retained to balance the clean acidity. Poised and cleanly articulated the phenolics connect the wine together, providing drive and engagement.
Mt Difficulty Target Riesling will improve for 6 - 9 years given optimal 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.
Target Riesling is a style crafted to balance residual sugar in perfect harmony with the wine’s natural acidity. The fruit benefited from the long hang time of 2016, arriving in perfect condition at the winery. The fruit was hand harvested on the 14th April for Long Gully and the 23rd April for Target Gully and Swansong. The wine was fermented moderately cool in stainless steel to retain maximum varietal expression. The fermentation was stopped when the wine tasted in balance, this left ~43g/L of sugar. The wine was left on light lees for months prior to being filtered, but not fined, then bottled in late January of 2017.
Alc 12.5% T/A 9.1gL-1 pH 2.96 Residual Sugar 42 g/L
Accolades & Awards
Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine
15 January 2018
"Taut, vibrant riesling with chalk, mineral, lime, grapefruit, citrus and wildflower flavours. Laserlike acidity reacts with subtle sweetness to give the wine an exquisite tension. Wonderful purity and a lingering finish. This is a fine example of a consistently top riesling."
4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2018
"From Central Otago, the 2016 vintage (4.5*) is an instantly appealing, medium-sweet style (43 grams/litre of residual sugar). Bright, light lemon/green, it is medium-bodied and vibrant, with rich, ripe, peachy, limey flavours, hints of passionfruit, marmalade and honey, and a lovely balance of sweetness and appetising acidity."
- Fourth place and Double Gold - Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
28 July 2018
"Complex and enticing aromatics of Riesling with a blend of lime flower, mandarin, a hint of kerosine, apricot stone and fresh red apple. Immediately off-dry, crisp and refreshing on the palate with a citrus peel, quince and fresh tree fruit flavours. There's tension and bite on the back palate adding length and structure to the core of fruit, abundant acid line. Lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2029."