Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Target Riesling 2018
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Target Gully Riesling 2018 is a sense of lushness and intrigue; notes of tangerine, apricot and jasmine white florals. Bright and lively nectarine introduces this wine to the palate. A moderate amount of residual sugar (30g/L) has been retained to balance the clean acidity. Poised and cleanly articulated, the phenolics connect the wine together, providing drive and engagement.
Mt Difficulty Target Riesling will improve for 6-9 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
One for the record books, and a vintage of two halves. There was exceptional warmth from September through to late January, before cooling off through February and Autumn. With the warm start we got underway early; this warm settled weather continued through flowering and fruit set. The potential crop was well set, yet small as a result of the cool December in 2016. The vineyards really started to dry out through December and January, with irrigation struggling. With the arrival of February, temperatures plummeted to below average and rainfall was well above average. These cool and wetter-than-average conditions persisted right through harvest. Disease pressure remained low, even with the elevated rainfall, through the finish of the season. The cool, late Summer / Autumn period enabled berry ripening through a cooler period providing ripe fresh characters.
Target Riesling is a style crafted to balance residual sugar in perfect harmony with the wine’s natural acidity. With the warm 2018 growing season our harvest dates were early and compact. The fruit from Target Gully was harvested on the 26th March and Long Gully was harvested on the 28th March. The wine was fermented moderately cool in stainless steel to retain maximum varietal expression. The fermentation was stopped when the wine tasted in balance, this left ~30g/L of sugar. The wine was left on light lees for 11 months prior to being filtered but not fined, then bottled in February of 2019.
Alc 11.3% T/A 6.8gL-1 pH 3.1 Residual Sugar 30 g/L