Mt Difficulty Bannockburn, Long Gully,
Chenin Blanc 2018
The warmer season has resulted in a riper aromatic spectrum, focused on honeyed peach, pineapple and angelica notes. The palate focuses in on the honeyed peach element; this drives the wine through the palate, broader and more texture focused, with a lithe angelica finish, loosely framed by acidity.
Mt Difficulty Long Gully Chenin Blanc will improve for 7-15+ 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.
With the extreme heat of 2018, we harvested this on the 4th April, a month earlier than typical. The juice was handled in a reductive fashion throughout processing. The wine was racked clean and fermented with indigenous yeast relatively warm; these steps were all taken to protect the lovely ethereal character of Chenin Blanc. The nature of the fruit this season, with slightly lower acidities, dictated the style in which we made the wine. The ferment was stopped by chilling and racking to another tank. The wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 13.5% T/A 3.49gL-1 pH 6.1 Residual Sugar 21gL-1
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