Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago, Bannockburn
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2017
Serving Temperature: 9 °C
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
This Chardonnay really speaks to the warmth of the growing season, with tight focused citrus notes, lovely floral nectarine blossom and brioche adding complexity. Citrus characters dominate the entry of the wine whilst stonefruit blossom dances around adding interest and focus. Linear minerality defines the palate; with citrus framing the acidity and ripe phenolic notes on the finish.
Mt Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. Martinborough in New Zealand and Oregon in the US are the only other regions where Pinot Noir seems to flourish.
The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot Noir grapes. This, along with a mix of clays and gravels ideal for viticulture, provides an excellent basis not only for Pinot Noir, but also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay.
Mt Difficulty Wines was named after the mountain over-looking Felton Road and the southern Cromwell basin. This mountain is a very important part of the Bannockburn microclimate, providing shelter from the cool winds of the Wakatipu Basin and Gibbston Valley.
|Serving Temperature||9 °C|
|Grape Variety||100% Chardonnay|
|Cellaring||Ready to Drink|