Pinot Gris Grigio Central Otago New Zealand
Mt Difficulty really is a boutique estate, situated in the unique aspects of Bannockburn, an area of terrestrial and climactic extremes. Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to create wines at the forefront of Central Otago's production. The brand started in 1998 with very small, but exceptional quality, quantities. Previously their grapes were included in many top performing brands. The joint venture, founded by some of Central Otago's most devoted and skillful growers, has grown into a leading winery, proselytizing devotees everywhere.
Mt Difficulty are sourced from resplendent sites at Bannockburn, south of the Kawarau River, under the close scrutiny of the Mt Difficulty management team. An assemblage of fruit from a number of estate vineyards, Long Gully and Templars Hill, Ferris and Bannockburn Bay, Swansong and Pipeclay Terrace. Grapes are hand harvested in top condition and processed in a reductive manner, the juices settled overnight and racked slightly cloudy the following morning. A cool fermentation maximizes varietal charm. All components remain five months on gross yeast lees whilst being treated to a weekly stirring, enhancing the complexity and textural aspects of the final wine. Alcohol 14.5%
Clear straw colour. Aromas of white peaches and blossom mingle with bosc pear. Palate displays luscious fruit in the same vein, while the middle palate is full and creamy, gossamer and well textured. Enriched by lees texture, kept in proportion by lithe acid, a rich, minerally, stone fruit driven finish.