Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago, New Zealand
Lovely tropical aromatics of passionfruit and melon with background notes of dried hay. Full-textured and rich, finishing with lingering minerality.
Mt Difficulty's Sauvignon Blanc is a quintessential tropical fruits Kiwi style Sauvignon - rich and textured.
The 2019 Sauvignon comes from fruit sourced from three vineyards in Bannockburn, on the south side of the Kawarau River in the southern Cromwell basin, Central Otago. Fruit was hand-harvested and kept on its lees for 4 months to gain complexity.
Mt Difficulty was established in the 1990s by a group of four growers that formerly sold their grapes on, and were true pioneers of the Bannockburn subregion, harnessing a difficult but beautiful terrain overlooking the southern Cromwell Basin. Mt Difficulty creates a unique microclimate of low rainfall and humidity, with hot summers and a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns; conditions that bring the best out of the fickle Pinot Noir grape, and perfect also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Today, the estate owns some of the regions oldest vines, producing complex, concentrated fruit under fourth generation winemaker, Matt Dicey.
4 STARS - The Real Review
Lovely tropical aromatics of passionfruit and melon with background notes of dried hay. These flavours are replicated on the palate, moving into a full-textured rich finish with lingering minerality.