Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2022
Elderflower and sugar snap pea aromatics with ripe citrus and a touch of peach belying the sunny 2022 vintage. A rich opulent palate, white stone fruit and a hint of lush grass before succulent stone fruit. A distinct line of mineral acidity flows through to the finish, drawing the wine to a citrus and elderflower finish.
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc will improve for 1-3 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
The 2022 season swung the pendulum again for Central Otago. This season was characterised by a very warm summer, punctuated by vital rain events, culminating in a bumper crop that was harvested 1-2 weeks ahead of long term average. The benign, warm flowering conditions in December resulted in excellent fruit set and healthy canopies that galloped through a dry January. They were replenished by rain in February before harvest began in mid-March and was wrapped up by mid-April.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Templars Hill, Mansons Farm and Saffron were hand harvested through late March and early April. The fruit was handled reductively during processing, then gently pressed and racked clean. The majority of wine was fermented with indigenous yeast with the majority of the wine fermented cool in stainless steel, this portion of the wine remained on gross lees for three months post ferment whilst being stirred weekly. The Saffron Farm component was wild fermented in old oak barrels. These practices were employed to not only retain the maximum varietal fruit character of Sauvignon Blanc but also to develop complexity, palate weight and texture.
Alc. 14% T/A 6.4gL-1 pH 3.15. Residual sugar: 4.71gL
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