Weather and Harvest Conditions
The flowering began in very wet conditions. This continued through to early summer which was to set new records in rain, cloud cover and lack of sunshine. An extremely difficult vintage resulted in vigorous berry selection to retain satisfactory berry quality. Harvest occurred later than usual, and weather conditions were not desirable.
Quality of Vintage
The resulting wine was not up to standard for Providence. It was de-classified as Marangai, the Maori word for rain.
Fresh tones with supple oak on the nose. Displaying tobacco, soft fruit and oak with an elegant short finish with no apparent greenness. A light wine which was drinking well at last tasting. Drinking best now.