Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2021
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2021 has aromas of Nashi pear, white peach and jasmine florals combine together with complex savoury notes on the nose. Flowing through to the palate flavours of ripe pear and stonefruit with a weighty and creamy finish. The cool climate to which this wine comes from shines through with its mineral edge on the finish.
Mt Difficulty Estate Pinot Gris will improve for 3-6 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
The 2021 growing season was a return to the enviable, lower stress conditions that Central Otago is famous for. We started with a warm spring, which gave the vines a good start. January was cooler and wetter, which replenished the soils and slowed growth, giving small, intensely flavoured grapes. By the time the beginning of harvest rolled around, we were just ahead of our long term average in terms of rate of ripening, and with fruit in fantastic condition. Yields were thankfully back to average in most areas, with only Bannockburn cropping slightly lower. This has given wines with excellent flavour and structure.
The fruit was hand harvested in top condition from the 25th March through to the 29th April. 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. All the components were left on gross yeast lees for four months post fermentation with weekly stirring to help enhance the complexity and textural aspects of the wine. This wine is vegan friendly.
Alc. 14% T/A 5.3gL pH 3.48 Residual Sugar 3gL
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