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Paringa Estate Peninsula Shiraz

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The Pinot and Chardonnay of the Mornington Peninsula gets good wraps, but the Shiraz should not be overlooked either. Lindsay McCall is the star winemaker who has sourced fruit from various sub-regions to craft a Shiraz that matches some of the regions best. A small percentage of Viognier was co fermented to add extra aromatics and texture. The result is a wine that’s full of spicy black fruits with bright floral aromas. It’s soft and round on the palate with a vibrant burst of fruit and spice. It would pair really well with some roast pork.

Winemaker's Notes

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 Shiraz is no exception. 

In the winery berries were de-stemmed and co-fermented with 5% Viognier in two-tonne open fermenters. Post fermentation, barrel maturation took place for 11 months.  

The vibrant bouquet offers spicy blackberry fruit along with the lifted floral Viognier aromatics. The palate has ample black fruits, black pepper and fine grained tannins. A medium bodied wine with texture and power but with a fineness that reflects its cool climate origin.

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Paringa Estate Peninsula Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
A gorgeous Peninsula, and one of the finest yet. Co-fermentation with 5% viognier draws out a bouquet of fragrant violets, black plums and black pepper. The palate is gorgeously succulent, with pristine black cherry and juicy black plums, gliding into a finely textural and elegantly structured finish of tangy acidity, impeccable tannins and lingering persistence.
2013-2016
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94
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Co-fermented with 5% viognier; the fragrant bouquet has the viognier lift to intense black cherry, blackberry and spice fruit aromas all reflected on the medium-bodied palate. Lyndsay McCall says shiraz was a standout in Õ12 and this wine, with its powerful texture and structure, shows heÕs right.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
In exact black fruits, pepper, finely textured structure and incredible persistence, this is the finest Peninsula from Paringa yet. A wine of fruit concentration and elegantly structured, finely woven tannins.
Wine 100 Reviews, April
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Lindsay McCall is a genius in the stratosphere of Australian shiraz. I cannot recall a Mornington Shiraz at this price of such exact black fruits and pepper, finely textured structure and outstanding persistence. Fruit concentration meets elegant, chalky structure.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Lindsay McCall is a genius in the stratosphere of shiraz, and with each passing year his expertise filters down all the more decisively to this tantalising price for us mere mortals. Peninsula is a maelstrom of complexity, a vortex of exotic spice, plum blossom, anise, coal dust and a churning current of black pepper. Masterfully textured tannins and crunchy acidity keep it vibrant and fresh, finishing long and focused. Best price direct.
Wine Taste Edition 65 2012
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
If you ever had any doubts that cool, southern, coastal Victoria could make ripe, attractive, affordable shiraz, then grab a bottle of this and they'll soon be put to rest. Sure, it smells (white) peppery, but, sheesh, from there it's all tar and cherry liqueur and cedary French oak. If you are accustomed to the warm-climate reds of the Barossa and McLaren Vale then this will taste drastically different - in a good way.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Riper than the Estate, with more black fruit components, and slightly more tannin weight
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; a tangy, lively mix of red and black fruits, spice and mint; ripe tannins and minimal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Mornington is thought of as a marginal climate for shiraz, though Paringa's Lindsay McCall has a long record of making good wines from it. I suspect that he's as good in the vineyard as he is in the winery. 2005 RELEASE This is a good juicy drink but at twenty-five bucks there's plenty better to the found. It tastes of cherry-plum and mild spice and has lots of tangy acidity, the fresh medium-weight fruitiness of it the total extent of its appeal. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
More developed colour than the Estate Shiraz; fragrant, lively red fruits in a cherry, damson plum and spice spectrum; fine tannins and oak; great mouthfeel and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant berry, mint, leaf and spice aromas and flavours; minimal tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89

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