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2015 Paringa Estate Chardonnay

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In 2007 Paringa Estate was named best Australian Winery of the Year by wine writer James Halliday. They are the quiet achievers responsible for turning out elegant and superbly regional wines from the Mornington Peninsula. Chardonnay loves the cool, so it’s no wonder it’s embraced this region with vigour and is expressed so well in this wine. There’s the usual suspect aromas of peach and citrus as well as some nutty characters that all add flavour and texture to the palate which is long and generous with a clean acid finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaking: The fruit for this wine was sourced from our “Estate” vineyard and Callanans Road vineyard in Red Hill South. Season 2015 was excellent. Yields were down by about 20% on average, but quality is very high.

The fruit was handpicked, whole bunch pressed and the unclarified juice was fermented in new, one and two year old French Oak Barriques. The wine was then stirred monthly during its eleven months maturation to build weight and complexity, and to retain fruit freshness.

Tasting notes: The bouquet has a complex floral lift of citrus and stone fruit, with some secondary barrel ferment lees aromas. The palate has cool climate white fleshy stone fruits, citrus and savoury nutty barrel ferment flavours. The wine has good palate weight and fine natural acid that leads to a long persistent finish. 6 to 8 years bottle age recommended.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Paringa Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Big and full of sweet fruit and firm oak a red wine drinker's chardonnay but not a red wine styled chardonnay. Well crafted with a generous depth of flavour and savoury finish in the main stream of Australian chardonnay for those seeking flavour rather than structure.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; estate-grown; whole bunch-pressed and 30% wild-fermented in new and 1-year-old barrels with regular lees stirring; a wine of great finesse and subtlety, despite its hefty alcohol; the stone fruit flavours are complexed by nutty oak, and the finish is well balanced.
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Big and full of sweet fruit and firm oak a red wine drinker's chardonnay but not a red wine styled chardonnay. Well crafted with a generous depth of flavour and savoury finish in the main stream of Australian chardonnay for those seeking flavour rather than structure.
2013
Rob Geddes MW
90
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The mid-tier Paringa chardonnay has added richness and concentration on the nose with plenty of ripe citrus and melon, some honeysuckle and creamy oak spice too. The palate has noble lee-influenced texture, plenty of stone fruit, and a resoundingly long finish.
2013
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Big and full of sweet fruit and firm oak, a red wine drinker’s chardonnay but not a red wine-styled chardonnay.
2012
Australian Wine Vintages
89
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Big and full of sweet fruit and firm oak, a red wine drinker's chardonnay but not a red wine-styled chardonnay.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A prominently savoury bouquet of grilled nuts, lemon and mineral; the palate is grippy and textural, with a high level of toast on the melon-fruit finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Still quite pale, but bright; intense nectarine and grapefruit flavours have subsumed the French oak; very good length
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A broad, generous and developing chardonnay whose ripe flavours of white peach, quince and cumquat are backed by assertive toffee-like malolactic fermentation influences, dusty vanilla oak and creamy, cheesy undertones. It's initially quite assertive, but finishes without great length, charm or refinement, revealing some edgy rawness and alcoholic hardness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Big and full of sweet fruit and firm oak, a red wine drinker’s chardonnay but not a red wine-styled chardonnay.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh grapefruit and melon flavours supported by crisp acidity and subtle oak; attractively tight structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Juicy aromas of lemon rind, pineapple and grapefruit with slightly herbal undertones precede a smooth, elegant palate whose tropical and citrusy fruit finishes just a little sweet and cloying.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Big and full of sweet fruit and firm oak, a red wine drinker’s chardonnay but not a red wine-styled chardonnay.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Glowing green-yellow; a sophisticated wine; nectarine, grapefruit and quality oak up front, then a long, bright finish built around acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Big, slightly overblown aromas of peach and melon fruit are backed by toasty, toffee-like butterscotch malolactic influences. Its juicy, almost cloying and oily palate of up-front toffee-like fruit finishes rather flat, without much length. Rather hard, lacking elegance and brightness of fruit and cramped by aggressive oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
86
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Spicy, nutty and mealy aromas of closed, citrusy fruit precede a juicy, forward palate that lacks genuine length and brightness, becoming nutty and savoury before a soft, oak-dominated finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
85
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; concentrated melon, fig and nectarine fruit reflect the barrel fermentation in French oak and 20 per cent malolactic fermentation; there is a replay on the palate, with melon and stone fruit with flecks of cashew, finishing with bright, lemony acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is clean, fresh and of light to moderate intensity; all in all very different from the normal Paringa voluptuousness. The palate is equally understated; fresh, but slightly hard on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a solid bouquet with substantial oak and what appear to be slightly burnt aromas, but which may simply be derived from the oak, is followed by a full- bodied wine, showing its 14 degrees alcohol, with ripe melon, peach and fig fruit. Overall, fractionally heavy in the mouth.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
89

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