Provenance Golden Plains Pinot Noir 2011 CONFIRM 2011 VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Geelong Victoria
Provenance was established with the objective of making great wines that exhibit the quality of fruit and terroir from choice vineyards in and around the Geelong viticultural precinct. The most pristine grapes are assembled from the Provenance Moorabool Valley property. A component of the finest Bellarine Pinot Noir from the proven Grassy Point site is included. Parcels from the eminent Pierrepoint vineyard at Henty adds another dimension. A portion from the Sinclair property near Ballarat, grown to ancient ordovician soils at 500 metres contributes wonderful bright fruit.
Fruit is harvested on several dates throughout March from four vineyards across the golden plains between Henty, Ballarat and Geelong. All fruit is carefully hand picked, any second class bunches are left behind. The majority is destemmed and lightly crushed on top of the whole bunches into small open fermenters. A wild, indigenous yeast vinification over two or three days is treated to plungovers and allowed to peak at 33C. Upon completion the wine is pressed away from skins, settled for two days and racked to a selection of new and seasoned French oak barrels for malolactic and ten months maturation, racking and the final assemblage before filtration.
Brilliant, crimson red. Lifted red berry and lavender fruit aromas sit within a complex forest floor bouquet. Seamless French clove oak character matches the fruit expression perfectly. A supple, silky texture is evident. Fruit flavours true to the promise of bouquet are delivered across the expansive mid palate, balanced by lovely fine grained tannins. Exhibiting the classic Pinot Noir peacock's tail of flavour that continues to open up through to the finish. Fine natural acid keeps all in fresh, vital check.
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