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1997 Providence Matakana Dry Red
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- ABV 12%
Providence is located in the rolling hills of the Matakana region, 60 kilometres north of Auckland. Here former solicitor, Jim Vuletic has been living his dream of being a winemaker for twenty five years with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and, since 1993, also with Syrah.Notes from the winery... The 1997 vintage started with a lovely, dry spring. Some stormy weather during flowering resulted in a lower than expected fruit set. This was followed by consistent rain between flowering and Veraison. After Veraison, the weather improved markedly. The ripening period was fine and warm but not extremely hot. The calm weather resulted in perfectly ripe grapes which were in great condition. The harvest was not delayed and occurred in mid-April. A ruby brick colour. Elegant perfumed nose of earthy minerals along with fresh, ripe berries. On the palette, medium body of silky, earthy tannins and mellowing fruit. Fresh berry characteristics still giving liveliness to the wine. A long finish to each mouthful. Tasted with 2001 Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco and 1986 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits. Will continue to develop for a further 5 + years. 12% Alc./Vol.