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Providore Central Otago Wines from Peter Bartle

14 November,2018

Providore is the own wine brand of Pete Bartle, the very highly respected and successful Central Otago winemaker, best known for his current role at the VinPro winemaking facility in Cromwell. Pete has a wonderful track record in making gold medal and trophy winning wines for many Central Otago producers. The ‘Providore’ label honours the suppliers to the workers of the Otago goldfields. The inaugural releases are a Blanc de Noir, Rosé, Pinot Gris and ‘First Edition’ Pinot Noir from the 2018 vintage, and a 2017 Pinot Noir, made from fruit sourced quality contract growers from Bannockburn, Gibbston, Queensberry and Alexandra. The labels bear the striking ‘wood cut’ artwork of Stephen Fuller representing the beauty and diversity of the Cromwell Basin region. I review the 5 new wines here. For availability contact Victoria Crowther on Cell: 027 200-5800 www.providorewines.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Providore ‘Luminaire’ Central Otago Blanc de Noir 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

Very pale eye-of-the-partridge colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with ethereal aromas if delicate red florals and white stonefruits, with suggestions of cherry blossom, along with subtle notes of mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics show good vinous presence, with softness and concentration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a firm core of delicately concentrated flavours of soft-red berry fruits with red floral notes and white stonefruits, and some mineral elements. The mouthfeel possesses light phenolic textures and grip with balanced lacy acidity which carries the wine to a light, nuanced, dry finish. This is a softly full and delicately fragrant, ethereal Blanc de Noir with red florals and white stonefruit flavours on a light, phenolic-textured, thirst-quenching palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and with antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit from 3 vineyards in Bannockburn, hand-picked and WBP, and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 2.9 g/L RS. 664 cases made. 18.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

Providore Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

18.5+/20

Bright, pale peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose has a finely concentrated, elegant, but intense aromas of strawberries, watermelon and pomegranate along with fragrant red florals and mouthwatering minerals, forming a deep core with detail and interest. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich fruit flavours of strawberries, pomegranate and watermelon forming a well-concentrated heart with good depth. The fruit has plenty of energy and drive with a little alcoholic power underlining the wine, and the wine flows smoothly along a seamless line with lacy, thirst-quenching acidity adding to the freshness. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering, nuanced finish of red fruits and florals. This is a rich and concentrated dry rosé with strawberry and floral depth, energy and drive on a seamless palate with mouthwatering acidity. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit, predominantly from the ‘Clark’ vineyard in Gibbston with small amounts of Bannockburn and Queensberry fruit, hand-picked and WBP, and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 14.0% alc. and 2.1 g/L RS. 929 cases made. 18.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

Providore Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth, paler edged. The nose is elegantly presented with a finely concentrated heart of white and yellow stonefruits along with an amalgam of white florals, pears and herbs along with thirst-quenching minerals, revealing suggestions of nuts. Dry to taste, the palate is rich and lush with a rounded core of white stonefruits, florals, pears and minerals along with some honeysuckle. The mouthfeel shows depth and a degree of unctuousness, and soft acidity enhances the fruit richness. The wine flows smoothly a a layered and nuanced finish of stonefruits, florals and honey. This is a rich and luscious fruited dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, honeysuckle and minerals on an unctuous and smooth palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Gibbston Back Road’ vineyard, half crushed to press and given skin contact, the remainder WBP. Fermentation was in a mixture of tank and seasoned French oak barrels, including some solids to 14.0% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS. 365 cases made. 18.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

Providore ‘First Edition’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20

Dark, even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly proportioned with deeply packed and dense aromas of dark-red berry fruit and dark plums entwined with dark herbs and spicy notes, unfolding a little primary confectionary perfume and lift. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweet and juicy with plush, but stylishly restrained flavours of ripe, dark-red berry fruit with dark plum notes, unfolding dark herbs and spices with a little jam. The palate is smooth with fine-grained tannin in support lending some structure and grip. The acidity is balanced and the wine carries with energy to a sweet, plush, lingering finish. This is a sweet, luscious and juicy dark-red berry and plummy Pinot Noir with herb, spice and jammy detail on a smooth, supple-textured palate. Match with roasted and barbecued red meats over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones Abel, 5, 6, 667, 777 and 115, predominantly from the ‘Clark’ and ‘Gibbston Back Road’ vineyards in Gibbston with a small portion from Queensberry, fully destemmed but not crushed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in tank and French oak barriques. 1,500 cases made. 18.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

Providore Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

19-/20

Full, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, near impenetrable, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and fine in proportion with concentrated aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit along with an amalgam of plum fruit, dark herbs and suggestions of stalk perfumes and complexities. The aromatics build to form a deep core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with refined and concentrated flavours of ripe, dark-red berry fruit and dark plums along with nuances of dark herbs sand savoury fresh herbs intermingling with stalk suggestion from the Abel clone. The fruit is rich and luscious, and forms a rounded, deep and dense heart, which is supported by plenty of fine-grained, flowery tannins. The acidity is soft and integrated and the wine carries to a soft, smooth, elegant and nuanced finish. This is a rich and plush, concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red berry and plum fruit with savoury herb elements on a soft, smooth but fine-structured palate. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-7 years. Selected as the best 2017 ferment, Abel clone fruit from a single Queensberry vineyard, hand-picked, destemmed without crushing and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in tank followed by aging in French oak barriques. 290 cases made. 19.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $39.00

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