The search for vineyards of special provenance began in the mid '90s when Scott Ireland settled in the Geelong region. Keen to work with excellent vineyards west and south of Melbourne, it didn't take long for him to realise that a great prospect existed. An opportunity to bring under the one umbrella, a patchwork quilt of vineyards where the match of grape variety to vineyard site produced great fruit. Provenance Wines was born, the name chosen in recognition of the source vineyards.
This barrel selected wine displays the best Ballarat regional Pinot Noir of vintage 2015. The wine has a beautiful aromatic of lovely red fruits with a contrasting silage type funky aroma. True to its provenance the palate is a harmonious blend of restrained power and elegance. The silky texture and long finish speak to is vineyards great site.
Ex the Sinclair Vineyard, hand-picked, wild yeast open-fermented with 50% whole bunches, 10 days on skins, matured in French oak (30% new). The bouquet is expressive and fragrant to the point of perfume; violets, spice and wood smoke ex the whole bunch component. The palate is super-elegant, becoming more juicy each time you return to it, but not throwing off the savoury complexity architecture of the wine, nor the intensity of the varietal character. Drink to: 2030; Price: $47.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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