Mt Difficulty Growers Series 'Station Block' Pisa Range Gewurztraminer 2015
This Gewurztraminer is picked late to maximise rose petal and spice characters with lovely floral flavours and ripe tropical fruits flowing through on the palate. A touch of residual sweetness helps deliver a lush broad textural experience on the finish.
Mt Difficulty Station Block Gewurztraminer will improve for 3 – 5 years given optimal 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.
Station Block Gewurztraminer is crafted to highlight the lovely aromtics and textural richness that Gewurztraminer is capable of. We hung the fruit out for an extended period to achieve optimum aromatic expression. The fruit arrived in perfect condition at the winery on the 13th April. The fruit was destemmed and soaked overnight prior to pressing to help enhance aromtic expression. The wine was fermented cool in stainless steel to retain maximum varietal expression. The fermentation was stopped at ~25g/L by chilling, the wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 14% T/A 4.2gL-1 pH 3.7 Residual Sugar 19 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Wine Orbit Review 93/100, 5 Stars
“A beautifully styled Gewurztraminer from the Pisa Range district, the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows white stone fruit, poached pear, spice and floral characters, followed by a concentrated and flavoursome palate that is richly textured with subtle sweetness which is perfectly countered by juicy acidity. Lovely poise and balance. Off-dry. At its best: now to 2020.” (July 2016)