Paringa Estate The Paringa Shiraz
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- This seminal wine from Paringa is only made when vintage conditions deem it possible, which means only the very best fruit makes the grade. This has Mornington cool climate characters oozing out of every pore, with a trademark cracked pepper characters as well as plum and vital spice. The palate is elegance personified with soft tannins providing structure and excellent length. The wine will soften further with careful cellaring ad would pair well with roasted meats, game and even mild meat curries. 100
The name “The Paringa” denotes the single vineyard origin of the Shiraz grown on Paringa Road, Red Hill South. Planting of this marginal Mornington Peninsula Variety commenced in 1985. From this site fruit of distinction is born from a combination of red volcanic (Ferrasol) soil, a north facing aspect and altitude of 146m. In creating this wine viticulture and winemaking practices are approached with the intent of preserving a pure expression of site from soil through to bottle.
Deep color with brooding blackcurrant pastille, redcurrant lift and oak support. The palate combines power and finesse with dense blackcurrant pastille and plum wrapped in fine tannins. An outstanding Shiraz with vibrant fruit character and exceptional length that will reward careful cellaring.
Winemaking: Handpicked fruit was de-stemmed (100%) and cold soaked for 4 days before yeast inoculation. The wine spent a total of 21 days on skins in open fermenters with gentle plunging. Post fermentation the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months (approx 80% new)
Awards and Accolades
Gold Medal - 2011 Victorian Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2011 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2011 The Visy Great Aust Shiraz Challenge
Silver Medal - 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
5 Bronze Medals
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
Deep, dark colour; the rich bouquet of blackberry, satsuma plum and pepper leads into an intense and long palate; the oak is perfectly balanced and integrated, the tannins likewise. From the estate vineyard, a wine inheriting a glittering show record.
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Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:“
Paringa is home to an arsenal of shiraz that has proven capable of outgunning anything in the country on the wine show circuit, thanks to its inimitable ability to bring immense power to an inherently cool climate demeanour. 2008 exemplifies this style, a powerful and ripe Paringa, loaded with exquisite black fruits of all kinds, liquorice, violets and signature Mornington cracked black pepper. It scaffolds its exuberance in a structural framework that’s nothing less than profound: seamlessly composed, finely textured, yet firm and solid tannins. Everything carries long through the finish in balanced measure, demanding considerable time to soften and relax.
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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Strong crimson-purple; an elegant yet intense spray of spices, pepper, plum and red cherry fruit on the bouquet and fore-palate, then fine-grained savoury tannins on the finish; oak balanced and integrated.
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James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
A highly aromatic and very complex bouquet; a hint of viognier underscores both the aromas and flavours, making precise description an even more difficult task. American winewriters would need a page to cover the black pepper, plum, cherry, spice, licorice and apricot that I can detect; then there is the oak. I am a babe in arms compared to Americans when it comes to florid descriptions.Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
Slightly baked, but searingly intense, this firm, long and deeply ripened shiraz reveals a smoky presence of plums, blackberries and a hint of raisin backed by mocha oak and a suggestion of iodide. It's backed by a firm, powdery spine of slightly raw, hard-edged tannin and finishes without great length or freshness.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says:“
It's an incredible price for a Mornington Peninsula shiraz, but if anyone can ask it, Paringa Estate can. The consistent high standard of this estate is phenomenal. 2005 RELEASE Easy to be a big fan of this. It's lusciously perfumed, struck with flavour and then brilliant through the finish - the complete wine. Those flavours are in the dark cherry, rose petal and various shades of pepper spectrum, while the tannins are so gritty and fine that they seem bespoke tailored. Glassy. DRINK 2012-2022.The Big Red Wine Book 200894
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“
Deep colour; medium- to full-bodied; concentrated rich, peppery, spicy fruits more to black than red; seamless oak and tannins; different style to the Estate, but the same quality; both wines picked May 13.Australian Wine Companion 2007 200696
Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell (2004 Vintage) says:“
Cool-climate shiraz at its best, this seductive wine shows more of itself with each sip, opening with aromas of fleshy black cherry, spices and cracked black pepper, then evolving savoury notes of wood smoke, wild game and earth. Cedary oak plays a definite role, yet it doesn't intrude. The mid-palate is silky and long, with fine flavour and subtle complexity. Tannins are in good harmony at the finish, although some oak tannin needs time to soften and integrate. It's just right with Cantonese roast duck and Chinese pickles.Good Australian Wine Guide 2007 200695
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Deep colour, good hue; a complex and layered array of black cherry, licorice and spice; fine tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2006 200595