Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2015
A late ripening season has resulted in zesty gooseberry bound tightly in white floral aromas, with a hint of dried hay. Ripe gooseberry and savoury floral notes introduce the wine before moving into a linear flowing mid-palate. There is a nice touch of urgency with more herbs and quince notes on the finish. This wine is ideal for sensible summer evening drinking.
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc will improve for 3-5 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
The beginning of spring bloomed dry and cool with low soil moisture coming into the season, November was characterised by much cooler than normal temperatures. The vines got away to a reasonably slow start. December was warm and remarkably settled leading to a compact and successful flowering. The warm settled spell continued right through January. February arrived and whilst warm was unusually damp, with much higher than average rainfall. March dried the vineyards out and the season finished with a warm flourish in April. We again started harvesting with lower sugars than typical at nice ripe flavours. The harvest was very compact; everything being harvested over a 21 day period.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were hand harvested on the 10th, 11th and 16th of April in excellent condition. We harvested slightly later than the past couple of seasons due mainly to our desire to lock in a riper spectrum of flavours. The fruit from Templars Hill, Saffron and Mansons Farm were all reductively handled during processing, then gently pressed and racked clean. The wine fermented cold in a mixture stainless steel and old oak barrels and remained on gross lees for four months post ferment whilst being stirred weekly. These practices were employed to not only retain the maximum varietal fruit character of Sauvignon Blanc but also to develop complexity, palate weight and texture.
Alc. 14.5% T/A 7.1 gL-1 pH 3.14 Residual Sugar <2 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
- Orbit Wine Review
“Vibrant, lifted and fragrant, the attractive bouquet shows feijoa, lime zest, kiwifruit and subtle herbaceous characters. The palate offers excellent weight and pristine fruit flavours, beautifully structured by crisp acidity. It is flavoursome and generous, and finishes long and juicy. At its best: now to 2018.”
- Review by Bob Campbell, MW
"Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is more austere than the other examples and has a pleasing thread of oyster shell, mineral character that help define its Central Otago origin. I particularly like the wine’s concealed power and restrained tree fruit characters. It’s a perfect match with Bluff oysters served with just a squeeze of lime juice."