Mt Difficulty Lowburn Valley, Packspur, Riesling 2017
Satsuma mandarin, hints of white peach and Jasmine floral notes all combine in the aromatics of this wine. Well defined mandarin citrus characters introduce this Riesling onto the palate, linearity and focus are definitive elements. A pithy element wraps itself around the citrus focused acidity. A moderate amount of residual sugar (29g/L) has been retained for balance.
Mt Difficulty Packspur Riesling will improve for 7-9 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.
Packspur Riesling was crafted to illustrate the unique cool climate expression of the site. The fruit arrived in perfect condition at the winery on the 24th April. The juice was cold settled for 5 days prior to racking for fermentation to help enhance palate weight. The wine was fermented cool in stainless steel to retain maximum site expression. The fermentation was stopped when the wine tasted in harmony which happened to be at ~30g/L residual sugar. The wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 13.9% T/A 9.7gL-1 pH 3.03 Residual Sugar 29gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine
10 January 2019
"Single vineyard wine from the oldest vineyard site in Lowburn. It's a rich and moderately weighty wine with grapefruit, lime, apricot and root ginger flavours. A bold, richly-textured riesling."