Mt Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Bright golden yellow with a slight green edge, introducing this wine is a bouquet of tropical fruits, laced with citrus whilst passionfruit and gooseberry characters sit in the background. Supple gooseberry notes lead to a broadly textured mid-palate. A lovely acid line drives lemon zest and grapefruit flavours on the finish. This wine is ideal for sensible summer evening drinking.
Mt Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc will improve for 3-5 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
2020 sets a new benchmark for tricky seasons. A wet, cold and windy spring introduced our growing season, these conditions continued through our key flowering and fruit set periods in October and December - impacting our potential yields for the season. Disturbed weather patterns continued right through January, and whilst the weather settled in February it was not its usual scorching self. We experienced cool periods through both veraison and ripening; delaying and then slowing down our harvest.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Templars Hill, Mansons Farm and Saffron were hand harvested between the 16th and 23rd April, in excellent condition, whilst the Silver Tussock fruit was machine harvested. The fruit was handled reductively during processing, then gently pressed and racked clean. The majority of the wine was fermented with indigenous yeast with the majority of the wine fermented cool in stainless steel, this portion of the wine remained on gross lees for four months post ferment whilst being stirred weekly. The remaining 25% was innoculated and fermented cool and clean. Around 105 of the wine was fermented in old oak barrels with indegenous yeast. 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. 14.1% T/A 6.4gL-1 pH 3.20 Residual Sugar <3gL -1
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