Weather and Harvest Conditions
Climatically a perfect year for the Auckland area. Wind during fruit-set thinned bunches somewhat, revealing well-spaced, evenly distributed bunches, allowing for maximum ripening. Little rainfall during the ripening period ensured that fruit retained complexity and sugar.
Quality of Vintage
The 2005 presents with an elegant nose of florals, red berry and subtle oak. The finest Providence perfume. A medium to deep ruby colour. On the palette, a precise wine of rich fruit and minerality, followed by complex and powerful cocoa-powder tannin. This wine shows excellent body, balance and depth of character, indicating its ability to age for a further 20+ years.