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.
An attractive deep violet colour in the glass. Lifted fruit aromas of licorice, black olive and allspice speak of vineyard rather than the winemaker’s toolkit. When tasted, powerful fruit flavour matched to medium weight is cut with a fine textural tannin input. The long in flavour finish, is matched to fresh natural acidity that completes/balances the wine. An age-worthy refined wine.
20% whole bunches, wild-fermented, 20 days on skins, 75% transferred to used French oak, 25% to concrete eggs, matured for 12 months. The adventurous winemaking has worked a treat, investing this deeply coloured, multilayered, medium to full-bodied shiraz with both flavoured and textured complexity. It has a well of red and black cherry fruit, spice and pepper dancing around its rim. Gold medal Melbourne Wine Awards '16. Drink to: 2040; Price: $32.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2016; Alcohol: 13.8%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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