Mt Difficulty Long Gully Chenin Blanc 2022
Mt Difficulty Long Gully Chenin Blanc 2022 is aromatic on the nose with fresh citrus, jasmine, honey and kumquat. Bright and zesty on the palate with lime, grapefruit, passionfruit and honeysuckle notes. A juicy and salivating Chenin Blanc with a touch of saline acidity which nicely offsets the residual sweetness.
Mt Difficulty Long Gully Chenin Blanc will improve for 5 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
The 2021 growing season was a return to the enviable 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 giving the wines excellent flavour and structure.
The nature of the fruit this season, with slightly lower acidities, dictated the style in which we made the wine. The juice was handled in a reductive fashion throughout processing. The wine was racked clean and fermented with indigenous yeast to retain the purity of the fruit. The ferment was stopped by chilling and racking to another tank. This wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 13.5% T/A 6.7gL pH 3.45 Residual Sugar 26gL