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.
Brilliant, deep red. Perfumed, fresh fruit aromas of black cherry and spice are supported by an earthy, forest floor like bouquet. True to its bouquet, the fresh fruit-sweet character of this wine is matched to a supple, rich palate weight, text book Pinot Noir. Long in flavour, the finish is supported by bright natural acid and graphite-like tannin.
76% Geelong, 22% Ballarat, 2% Macedon, hand-picked, open-fermented with 30% whole bunches, matured for 10 months in French oak (25% new). A beautifully balanced pinot, which shows the influence of the relatively small Ballarat component. There is a tantalising brushstroke of smoky spice before the complex array of red and black cherries form the base of the fruit flavour, oak and tannins spot on. Drink to: 2026; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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