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2012 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 and would pair well with roasted meats, game and even mild meat curries.

Winemaker's Notes

The Paringa: 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.

Vintage: Warm and dry conditions through flowering ensured good berry set. Average temperatures during February / March provided long and even ripening and allowed for fruit to be picked at optimal maturity.

Winemaking: Handpicked fruit was de-stemmed (95%) and cold soaked for 4 days before yeast inoculation. The wine spent a total of 21 days on skins in open fermenters with gentle hand plunging. Post fermentation the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months (70% new).

Tasting notes: The bouquet has Paringa’s distinctive savoury plum & cracked black pepper/spice characters. The palate has rich, spicy plum, blackberry & liquorice characters combined with fine grained tannins that provide excellent structure, texture & length to the wine.

Cellaring: 8 - 12 years.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2012 Paringa Estate The Paringa Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Matured for 18 months in new and 1yo French barriques. Despite identical vinification to the Estate, this power-packed shiraz is in blackberry and plum territory from the outset; licorice, cracked black pepper and full, ripe tannins provide complexity and depth of a high order.
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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.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
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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Australian Wine Companion 2011
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Saturated color; significantly greater volume of flavor than the Estate, even though alcohol is similar; all share the elements of spice and cracked pepper that make these wines so special
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
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 2006
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 2005

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