2011 was a vintage of powerful concentration, characterised by excellent varietal definition in the white wines and lovely crisp acidities.
It was an odd-ball vintage with warm conditions being over-ruled by ongoing winds and rapidly changing weather systems. Low initial bunch numbers coupled with the climatic variability led to yields being down by about 12% on average. A fantastic autumn helped bring the grapes through their last phase of ripening beautifully. Harvest was the latest we have ever experienced with first fruit not being picked till the 8th April. The blocks which are typically early were late, whilst our later blocks were harvested about their normal time-frame; this led to a very condensed compacted busy vintage.
- NZ - Central Otago
- New Zealand
A nose of buttered toast, warm peaches, apple pie and beeswax with a whiff of roasted nuts opens the 2011 Chardonnay. Medium to full-bodied and pleasantly buttery and nutty in the mouth, it has a creamy texture and refreshing line leading to a long finish. Drink it now to 2016+. Rating 90 - Drink by 2016 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com #209 Oct 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
This Chardonnay really speaks to the growing season, with lovely floral notes, hay, peach and brioche.
The palate displays clean peach and citrus characters, with a vibrant textural mid palate and lovely defining minerality; this minerality frames ripe fruit through the finish of the wine.
Mt Difficulty Lowburn Chardonnay will improve for 5 -7 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.