The grapes for the wines that carry the Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Estate label are subject to two strict criteria: they are managed by our viticultural team and must be sourced from Bannockburn vineyards - the south side of the Kawarau River in the southern Cromwell basin. Mt Difficulty has two planting of Sauvignon Blanc which fulfil these criteria; on Templars Hill and Mansons Farm. Templars Hill soils vary across the vineyard from a mixture of heavy Scotland Point clay soils to drought-prone coarse gravel Bannockburn soils (classified as man-made due to the sluice mining). Mansons Farm has a small area of Bannockburn soil but is mostly comprised of Lochar Soils, which are ideally suited to viticulture.
Ripe tropical fruits with an undercurrent of gooseberry, producing a Sauvignon Blanc in a typical New Zealand style.
- NZ - Central Otago
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Winery Tasting Notes
A cool season has resulted in aromatics of pungent passionfruit with gooseberry and cut hay.
These aromas are replicated as flavours on entry into the palate, moving into a full textured rich mid-palate and finishing with lingering minerality. This wine is ideal for sensible summer evening drinking.
Mt Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc will improve for 3-5 years given optimal cellaring conditions.