“Wings like a 747!”

Exclaimed our winemaker, Guy Wagner.

Guy was speaking of the  subsidiary bunches that form from the main bunch stem of Pinot Noir, often referred to ‘wings’ or shoulders.

These grapes will always remain behind the primary bunch in ripening and at vintage, even though they will be the right colour, will not achieve full ripeness and therefore will not contribute positively to the finished wine. They have to be removed.

That means that viticulture at Providence as far as Pinot Noir is concerned is now at the bunch level.

Manual and demanding, but not as demanding as vintage at Chateau D’Yqeum in Sauternes where they get down not only to bunch level but berry level!  That’s why their wine sells for $400-plus a bottle at release.

This is what we are doing at Providence now – thinning Pinot Noir.

About Stuart

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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