Weather and Harvest Conditions
Winter and spring were noted for being incredibly dry with very little wind. These conditions produced a perfect fruit set. Summer was characterized by high cloud, little sunlight and high air humidity from the tropics. Normally, these conditions would bring continuous rain, similar to 1995. However, the rain did not come. Never having experienced these conditions before, we were unsure how the grapes would ripen. To our surprise, the grapes ripened well (we attributed this to the high levels of UV light in New Zealand) though the sugar levels reflected the climate.
Quality of Vintage
The 1999 presents with the typical perfumed nose of Providence, exotic spice and mature berry. Light ruby in colour. Robust tannin, delicate chocolate and coffee notes flow into an elegant finish of sweet fruit. Will drink well for a further 5+ years.