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I have been rattling on in my Providence Winery Facebook page re two Pinots we have consumed over the past two nights: A Black Estate from Waipara in NZ and our Providence Miguet Reserve Pinot Noir. Both are 2001 vintage. And both were “old bold Pinots”! Whilst I do have some of both, I am not able to sell the Black. The 2001 Providence has held together beautifully with a still delicate nose, firm acid and earthy overtones. Full on the middle palate with a long aftertaste the wine is very much alive. The oak which was a little aggressive when the wine was young (an abundance of new wood) has settled and integrated beautifully. We can sell this wine to you for $70 bottle, with a limit of two per customer until it’s all gone. Just call me on 0419 395 728 to place your order. Very limited stocks!
So many places down the east coast of Australia were severely affected by the recent weather and Launceston was no exception, as the photo shows. Such a beautiful photo (thanks Peter!) showing such devastation. Providence got beaten up: the grassed areas were a carpet of bits of trees and torn leaves, one can hardly stand up on the slopes but that’s not surprising, seeing as we had over 170 mm rain in a couple of days. The vineyard is certainly in winter mode and I would imagine that, with the super saturated soil, there wouldn’t be a feeder root left alive. Pruning will start in about a week.
A great presentation at Josef Chromy Wines today, ed
The season was explained comparatively and advice provided as to what we needed to do to prepare for the 2016/17 season. A very good marketing presentation was given by Dr. Larry Lockshin. He is Professor of Wine Marketing and Head of the School of Marketing at the University of South Australia.
The Seminar was a great start to a new winemaker -client relationship, although Jeremy was well involved with Providence when he was working for Andrew Hood at Hood Wines in Cambridge. The relationship is renewed!
At the Tea House, we were treated to some pre-release wines from Coldstream Hills: the 2015 Esplanade, Dear Farm, and Hazeldine, which gave us an idea of the effects of altitude in Yarra Valley vineyards. Much thanks to Ian Thom from Treasury Wine Estates.
And much thanks to Roy Moorfield and Ron Leslie for keeping the Duck Crawls going, now for over twenty years. If you are interested in attending one of these events, contact Ron Leslie at email@example.com.
I can’t remember if this photo has ever appeared on my website before but it shows the relationship that Gary the Goat has developed with the native hens (aka “Turbo-chooks). Since this photo was taken there has been a new generation and the same relationship applies. Providence is such a peaceful place!
The weekend went well. Launceston Grammar Music School provided their usual excellent support, clinic
Whilst yields were down, the fruit quality for all three varieties was excellent and comparable to that great year 2000. All is now in the hands of Jeremy Dineen to work his wizardry and I have no doubt that he will!
Wine from ‘old vines’ is good, but still dependent upon the season and husbandry. Unfortunately, their yield becomes less as the years roll on and, every year, as discussed in a previous blog, they do die, their last gasp signature being a full crop of ripe fruit and not a single leaf! We have no intention of removing these wonders whilst they live. Replacement is by layering their next door neighbour with the expectation of fruit from the ‘new vine’ within two years.
The culmination of year’s toil ends on Sunday. On Tuesday we picked the Riesling – first time ever it has been picked before both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The fruit came in at 13.8 Baume, the most ripe we have ever picked Riesling. Because of the small amount, it will be blended with another batch and we will share in the spoils!
Tomorrow (Saturday) we pick the Pinot Noir. I’m very pleased with the quality of the fruit, not so pleased with the Chardonnay, as we have lost some fruit to powdery mildew. This occurred when our air blast sprayer carked it and we are still waiting for one small bit to arrive from Germany. To complete the spray programme, we had to convert our weed sprayer into a foliage sprayer, with a carefully made piece of stainless made by Matt Lowe at Solutions in Stainless (always supporting the locals if possible). Again, as for the past 15 years, we are supported by the Launceston Grammar School Music School, headed by Sherryn Hepher. A few difficulties, seeing as Tasmania now has four terms and vintage will, invariably, occur during the school holidays when the kids (and staff) scatter.
More about the Pinot and Chardonnay after this weekend!
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The 2012 Riesling is pure fruit, mostly passion with a touch of lemon. We have enjoyed this wine with white fish and spicy Asian dishes. This wine is only sold at cellar door and mail order.