Growers Series Packspur Pinot Noir 2015
Tasting notes to come
Mt Difficulty Packspur Pinot Noir will improve for 8 – 12 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
The beginning of spring bloomed dry and cool with low soil moisture coming into the season, November was characterised by much cooler than normal temperatures. The vines got away to a reasonably slow start. December was warm and remarkably settled leading to a compact and successful flowering. The warm settled spell continued right through January. February arrived and whilst warm was unusually damp, with much higher than average rainfall. March dried the vineyards out and the season finished with a warm flourish in April. We again started harvesting with lower sugars than typical at nice ripe flavours. The harvest was very compact; everything being harvested over a 21 day period.
The grapes for the wines that carry the Mt Difficulty label have traditionally been sourced from vineyards situated on the South side of the Kawarau River at Bannockburn. The Growers Series was added to the Mt Difficulty portfolio in 2010 and allows us to showcase the terroir of different sub-regions. Packspur Vineyard is situated on Heany Road in Lowburn, on the northern side of Cromwell (as opposed to Bannockburn to the South). The vineyard takes its name from the track that was used to pack supplies over the Pisa Range, from the Lowburn Valley to the gold-fields of the Cardrona Valley. The vineyard irrigation is a miners’ water right from 1863. Packspur Vineyard was planted from locally sourced cuttings by Anne and Laurie McAuley in 1993. The vineyard comprises 3 hectares of north facing Pinot Noir (clones 5, 6, 115 and Lincoln Mix), Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The grapes are close-planted on a mottled shallow mix of Waenga and Fraser sandy loam soils. The vineyard escapes the worst of winds and the slopes ensure a minimal frost risk.
Winemaking ConsiderationsDetails to come
|Alc. 13.5%||T/A 4.9 gL-1||Residual Sugar <1 gL-1|