Mt. Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc Estate
Hand harvested from the Templars Hill Vineyard in the Bannockburn area of Central Otago. The grapes are gently pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel and left on its lees for two months to retain maximum varietal fruit character and complexity. Herbaceous aromas combine with ripe gooseberry on the nose. The palate is full of citrus and grapefruit flavours intermingled with cut grass and a long tropical fruit finish.
Lovely by the glass, great with sea bass, veal, creamy pasta.
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 four stars by Geoff Kelly and 17 points by Raymond Chan.