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2013 Paringa Estate Peninsula Chardonnay

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Paringa Estate are famed for their detailed wines from the Mornington Peninsula. Winemaker Lindsay McCall crafts the best expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot from 55 hectares of grapes and this winery is rated five stars by wine luminary James Halliday. This shows varietal character of stonefruit and citrus with a tropical palate and a nutty complexity due to barrel fermenting. It drinks well now but will develop with some short term cellaring to become toastier and richer.

Winemaker's Notes

The bouquet of this wine has citrus, melon and fresh cut peach aromas. The palate has similar ripe stone fruit flavours, nice texture and a persistent finish. This is a lovely fresh wine that has been made for current drinking, but will build further complexity with 3 to 5 years cellaring.

The Peninsula or 'PE' label represents the first tier in the Paringa Estate range. In recent years Paringa has renewed its focus in ensuring the Peninsula range over delivers on quality, this Chardonnay is no exception.

The fruit for this wine was sourced from our four Estate managed vineyards within the Red Hill sub-region. In the winery the fruit was whole bunch pressed, transferred to barrel on solids and barrel fermented in seasoned French oak (approximately 1/4 indigenous yeast). Oak maturation took place on lees for the following 9 months before bottling.

Cellaring: Current Drinking Or Will Reward 3-5 Years

Alcohol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2013 Paringa Estate Peninsula Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A ripe and forthright chardonnay in the classic Paringa style, showing plenty of ripe peaches and almost tropical fruits, with nicely restrained older oak influence. The palate's smooth and even, really brightly lit with crunchy acid; some mealy oak comes across ripe melon fruits. Drink young whilst fresh.
The Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has the hallmarks of top-flight chardonnay from the cool Red Hill district of the Mornington Peninsula, with some flinty, smoky nuances, pears and citrus fruits, a whiff of French oak - really engaging stuff. The palate has an even-handed shape and decent build, turning creamy through the middle and really holding the finish with impressive resolve.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Elegant lemon fruit with a touch of mineral; the palate is tightiy wound with pronounced fresh acidity and citrus fruit on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Lively; fragrant, fruit-driven style, with considerable length to the bright stone fruit flavors; good acidity
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant and intense; all the hallmarks of Paringa Estate, the emphasis on fruit driving a long, lingering finish. Absurdly underpriced, even if for a third label; 100% barrel ferment in used barriques; 20% mlf.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Lindsay McCall's doing some brilliant stuff down on the Mornington Peninsula. His shiraz and pinots are fabulous, and you should keep an eye on his viognier when he manages to get some decent volume going. The chardonnays are the pick of the whites, though. This one's from the 'entry level' Peninsula range, sourced from a number of local vineyards— and quite simply, there cannot be many chardies of this quality available for anything like this price.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very complex barrel ferment aromas and flavours, with wild yeast influence; ripe nectarine and citrus, touches of cashew; powerful but not heavy.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
100% barrel-fermented in French oak, 20% new. The elegant, moderately intense grapefruit and melon palate is perfectly balanced, the fruit having eaten the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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