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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

Expert Reviews

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.
Drink by 2042
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Excellent cool climate shiraz. Both white and black pepper is speckled through aniseed, black cherry and leafy herb flavours. It shows traces of (roasted) meatiness but refreshing cool climate fruit is definitely the main shtick here. The finish is particularly dry; it’s a food style, meant as a positive.
2018 - 2028
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
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.
2018 - 2028
Wine Taste Special Edition 73
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.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
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 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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