Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Target Riesling 2017
A sense of lushness and intrigue, notes of mandarin, apricot and wild white florals all entertain. Delineated nectarine introduces this wine to the palate. A moderate amount of residual sugar (37g/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.
A very interesting season - overall, we ended up with about an average amount of heat even though the season had a distinctly cool bend to it. A very warm wet spring kicked off the growing season in style with very early bud-burst. Just as we were entering into flowering the weather deteriorated with very cool weather being the norm right through late December. This impacted on flowering with lower than average yield.
Target Riesling is a style crafted to balance residual sugar in perfect harmony with the wine’s natural acidity. There was a real mixture of picking dates due to the cooler nature of 2017; our earliest fruit from Templars Hill came in on the 4th April, whilst the fruit from Long Gully was harvested on the 18th April and the final portion came from Swansong on the 29th April. 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 ~37g/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 2018.
Alc 10.4% T/A 8.7gL-1 pH 3.25 Residual Sugar 37 g/L
Accolades & Awards
Six Nations Wine Challenge 2018
17 October 2018