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 three plantings of Sauvignon Blanc which fulfil these criteria; on Templars Hill, Mansons Farm and Saffron. 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. Saffron is predominantly comprised of Cromwell sands.
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Winery Tasting Notes
A late ripening season has resulted in aromatics of lemon sorrel, wild gooseberry and wet stone.
Lemon zest and gooseberry compete with savoury herbs before moving into a linear flowing mid-palate. There is a nice touch of urgency with more herbs and wet stone on the finish. This wine is ideal for sensible summer evening drinking.
Mt Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc will improve for 3-5 years given optimal cellaring conditions.