Mt Difficulty Bannockburn, Long Gully,
Noble Riesling 2015
Half Bottle 375ml
The wet late summer of 2015 allowed us to capture lovely honeyed peach and marmalade characters. The palate displays luscious ripe apricot characters, driven by the intense residual sugar, this leads into a rich full mid palate and finishes on a lovely citrus note.
Mt Difficulty Long Gully Noble Riesling will improve for 7-12 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
The beginning of spring bloomed dry and cool with low soil moisture coming into the season, November was characterised by much cooler than normal temperatures. The vines got away to a reasonably slow start. December was warm and remarkably settled leading to a compact and successful flowering. The warm settled spell continued right through January. February arrived and whilst warm was unusually damp, with much higher than average rainfall. March dried the vineyards out and the season finished with a warm flourish in April. We again started harvesting with lower sugars than typical at nice ripe flavours. The harvest was very compact; everything being harvested over a 21 day period.
A section of Long Gully Vineyard was separated and left to ripen further before harvesting. We had an unusually protracted cool wet spell in late February after which our normal dry autumn conditions returned. We harvested these grapes on the 20th of May; they were harvested cool and then handled in a reductive fashion throughout processing. The wine was racked clean and fermented relatively warm to protect the lovely ethereal generous nature of late harvest Riesling. The ferment was stopped by chilling and racking to another tank.
Alc. 9.5% T/A 11.2 gL-1 pH 3.03 Residual Sugar 294 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Review by Cuisine Magazine, Issue 185, Nov 2017
Honey, peach and candied citrus flavours embrace the palate, and the finely honed acidity is perfectly pitched.