Pinot Gris Grigio Central Otago New Zealand
Mt Difficulty is one of the most venerable wineries in Central Otago, they retain access to some of the oldest vineyards. Sites which have been earmarked on the basis of soil, aspect and microclime, are managed by the estate viticultural team and most dedicated growers, to yield the South Island's finest vintages of Pinot Gris. Selection of fruit is subject to strict criteria, parcels must be exclusively sourced from Bannockburn vineyards, on the south side of Kawarau River in the southern Cromwell basin.
Pinot Gris grapes grown to good sites in the Cromwell basin of Central Otago are hand harvested in top condition, processed in a reductive manner, the juices settled overnight and racked clean the following morning. Inoculated and vinified at cooler temperatures to maximise varietal character. Essential to the character of wine is a diversity of terroirs and microclimes around the source vineyards. The nature of soils being of particular interest, assembling parcels with the greatest synergy is central to the production of a Pinot Gris in fine balance. Mt Difficulty is stop fermented in an off-dry style, followed by four months on gross yeast lees with weekly stirring to enhance complexity and texture.
Mellow, creamy light straw colour. Vibrant aromatics, reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of white pear, passionfruit and melon. On the palate, these characters are duplicated with a length of lovely rich flavours and ripe succulent peach, a creamily textured mid palate resolves on a pleasantly off dry finish. The wine of choice to accompany olive oiled spatchcock, grilled and seasoned with coriander and thyme.