Paringa Estate

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The world of wine is full of amazing stories, and Paringa Estate is one of them.
Lindsay McCall was a geography teacher in 1983 when a glass of Shiraz swooned him off his feet. One year later, he purchased a ten-acre plot of land in the cool-climate Mornington Peninsula to plant his own Shiraz — Paringa Estate was born.

A pioneer in the wine region, Lindsay struggled to find his rhythm but released the first commercial vintage in 1988. In 1990, the passionate winemaker finally left his teaching position to become a full-time winemaker. Awards and accolades flowed, and in 2007, Paringa has named the ‘Best Winery in Australia.’

The Mornington Peninsula is a stretch of land in Victoria with Port Philip to the west, the Western Port to the East and the Bass Strait to the south. The cold oceanic climate is ideal for growing elegant Chardonnay and smooth Pinot Noir grapes. It’s one of the southernmost wine regions in mainland Australia, which means abundant daylight to ripen the grapes, and cold winds to retain their acidity.
The region received its Geographical Indication Status (GI) in 1997, but winemakers have been developing the area since the 1970s. Today, along with another Victoria wine region, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula is the source for the finest cold-climate wine regions in Australia.

Paringa Estate specialises in both white and red wines. Some of its most prestigious white wines are made with Riesling, Pinot Gris, the fragrant Viognier and, of course, Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and Shiraz represent the red wines, and the winery’s collection of single vineyards is amongst the most coveted.
Today, Lindsay’s son, Jamie, leads the winemaking efforts after studying viticulture and winemaking at the University of Adelaide and spending time in Oregon, a Pinot-specialised region. Paringa Estate is hands down one of the finest wineries in Australia, and their wines are at the same level as the most prestigious in the world.

50.24£

A breath-taking Pinot Noir with extraordinary texture, elegance and poise. Complex and lifted aromas of raspberries, red cherries and spicy savoury characters lead to a palate with spicy red fruit, fine tannins and an everlasting finish.

18.55£

The bouquet has lifted varietal aromas of fresh cut pear and green apple. Refreshing on the palate with crisp, ripe pear and vibrant citrus fruit flavours, this has a lovely mid-palate texture and balance with a crisp, dry finish.

23.95£

The hallmark of Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay is the fresh grapefruit acidity that is abundant in this Peninsula Chardonnay and highlights the subtle nuances of vanilla and ripe peach. The extended finish has noticeable minerality adding to the complexity.

37.90£

A serious cool climate Shiraz with incredibly focused aromas of pepper, plum and blackberry flavours. The fine grained tannins provide excellent balance, structure and length. A long life ahead and one of Australia's finest examples of cool climate Shiraz.

22.57£

Spicy, blackberry and plum aromas are complemented by lifted floral notes from a dash of Viognier. Lively blackberry and plum flavours follow on the palate, with hints of black pepper. A wonderfully enticing and elegant cool climate Shiraz with fine-grained tannins, a silky texture and a long harmonious, savoury finish.

77.62£

The wine has rich powerful aromas of spice and dark cherry, combined with charry oak, secondary barrel ferment mocha and coffee characters, that will integrate further to become more Burgundian like with bottle age. On the palate the wine has rich ripe fruit, firm fine-grained tannins helping provide excellent texture and length. This wine will live for 15 to 20 years.

57.31£

The bouquet shows Paringa’s distinctive savoury plum and spicy, cracked black pepper aromas. On the palate the rich, spicy plum, blackberry and liquorice characters combine with fine-grained tannins, providing excellent structure, texture and length.

44.95£

The bouquet has a complex floral lift of citrus and stone fruit, with some delicate lees aromas. Cool climate white fleshy stone fruits, citrus notes and savoury nutty oak flavours characterise the palate. This Chardonnay has a round, textured palate harmoniously balanced by a fine natural acidity that leads to a long, persistent finish.

30.85£

A slightly richer style than the Peninsula Chardonnay with more weight and texture from the French oak barrels used. The honeyed notes are more prominent and the ripe peach and lemon balm notes are offset by the typical, lifted acidity. A definite wine to be enjoyed with food.