Mt Difficulty Long Gully Late Harvest Riesling 2016
Long Gully Late Harvest Riesling is a sweet, aromatic wine with great natural acidity. Aromas and flavours of apricot and honeysuckle lead to lingering notes of beeswax. A slight botrytis influence adds character and interest.
Mt. Difficulty Long Gully Late Harvest Riesling is expected to age beautifully for 10-15 years with proper cellaring.
The 2016 growing season was marked by an extended unstable weather pattern from October through March. Lower than average rainfall coupled with unusually warm days through spring led to an early bud burst and flowering. In January, a cool, windy system slowed down the vines’ progress and delayed verasion. A very warm February was followed by an uncharacteristically overcast March. Finally, April delivered ample sunshine and stable conditions. Ultimately, we began picking later than usual but harvest was condensed to just 24 days.
The fruit for our 2016 Long Gully Late Harvest Riesling was picked in the cool morning hours on the 13th of April. An unusual bit of rainfall in an otherwise very warm February resulted in higher levels of botrytis than is typical for our late harvest wines but reductive winemaking practices led to the lovely, ethereal qualities late harvest Riesling is known for. This wine was fermented exclusively in stainless steel tanks and then filtered prior to bottling on the 18th of August.
Alc 12.3% T/A 9.8gL-1 pH 2.98 Residual Sugar 72 g/L