Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Target Riesling Medium 2023
Mt Difficulty Target Riesling 2023 has floral and exotic notes of pineapple, lemon and Granny Smith apple on the nose. Pineapple, mango and classic citrus fruits with a hint of white pepper gives a powerful, weighty palate. The palate is drawn out by the high acid level, to a refreshing finish. This wine is an exercise in balance, showing a delicate balance between the acid and residual sugar that makes riesling such a thrilling wine.
Mt Difficulty Target Riesling will improve for 15 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
The 2023 growing season in Central Otago was vastly different to the rest of the country. We came out of a mild, wet winter to a warm and unusually still spring which meant strong shoot growth and fruit set. Post flowering, the summer heat increased, and Cromwell experienced it’s hottest January on record. We started picking in the middle of March however, a blast of cold weather from the south during the first week of April put a welcome handbrake on ripening which meant the majority of our grapes developed more flavour and tannin ripeness. We finished harvesting in mid-May, making it a longer vintage with excellent quality.
Target Riesling is a style crafted to balance residual sugar in perfect harmony with the wine’s natural acidity. The fruit was hand harvested on the 13th April and whole bunch pressed. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner, with the juice settled for a week prior to being racked clean. This gave us time to brew an indigenous starter culture. The wine was fermented cool with indigenous yeast, to help maximise varietal character. The ferment was monitored closely until the perfect balance between acidity and residual sugar was reached. The wine was then sulphured, chilled and left on lees for 4 months.
Alc 11% T/A 9.4gL-1 pH 3.39 Residual Sugar 35 g/L