Mt Difficulty `Growers Series` Lowburn Chardonnay 2011 (12 x 750mL), NZ.

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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

Expert Reviews

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, #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.

NZ - Central Otago
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Mt Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognised as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns, which brings out the best of 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

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