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2016 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.

The fruit was handpicked, whole bunch pressed and the un-clarified 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.

Cellaring: 4 - 6 years.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2016 Paringa Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
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.
Rob Geddes MW
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
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.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
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
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
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
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

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