Mount Difficulty Lowburn Chardonnay 14%, 750ml
The Growers Series is a relatively recent addition to the Mt Difficulty stable and allows Matt Dicey and his team to showcase the terroir of different sub-regions of Otago (something Matt is visibly passionate about). This Chardonnay is a blend of two vineyards - Golden Hills on Burn Cottage Road and Packspur, which sits nearby on the north-facing foothills of the Pisa Ranges.
- The nose is, for lack of a better word, yummy.
- A vivid bouquet of butterscotch, bush honey, fennel, toasted nuts and stonefruit.
- Beautiful acid balance leads the attack but then gives way to lovely creamy, butterscotch and creme brulee flavours.
- The oak use is judicious and doesn't dominate the palate, with excellent nervous tension ensuring good cellar potential through to 2020 or so.