Mt Difficulty `Target` Riesling
A spectacular landscape and sophisticated tourist culture also home to some of the world`s best Pinot Noir, not to mention impressive, vivid white wines. Historically noted as pre-eminently suitable for winemaking (Bragato 1895), stonefruit prevailed until renewed interest in the 1950s and then significant commitment by the 1970s pioneers. The main sub-regions lie within close reach but the distinctive mountainous terrain means each occupies a unique niche of climate, aspect and altitude. Soils can vary considerably within each sub -region though a stony free draining base is common to all. The world`s southernmost wine region and the country`s highest, in this semi-continental climate, frosts are an accepted and planned for hazard. Dry autumns and overall low humidity are signficant assets, helping to coax both amazing purity and complexity.
Boutique winery Mt Difficulty was an early pioneer in the region. With their founding vineyards established in 1992, Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vines and is one of the most respected producers in Central Otago. Situated on the famous Felton Road in Bannockburn, this is a unique and rare area of extremes. Mt Difficulty has harnessed this once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Otago`s and some say New Zealand`s, finest wine production.
Awarded Best in Class and Trophy at the Royal Easter Show, Auckland, this fantastic wine shows why Central Otago excels with lower alcohol, moderately sweet examples, fashioned after the German style. With startling purity, a fine lime acidity and sense of alpine flowers, this medium dry wine delivers harmonious balance and fruit intensity right through the palate. Leading the way to the long awaited Riesling revival.
Fantastic with oysters, fish marsala and blue veined cheeses.
Silver winner at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014.