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Paracombe Premium Wine

www.paracombewines.com

Paracombe Rd, Paracombe, 5132

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (08) 8380 5058

 

Paracombe label

Paul and Kathy Dogmuller established the vineyard after the former dairy farm was destroyed by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfire. The plantings have grown to 13 ha and they have a fully functional winery capable of handling a crush of about 250 tonnes.

 

The vineyard lies at 425m on an ancient riverbed with a lean soil consisting of ironstone, gravel and quartz. Even though the winery is at the northern end of this cool climate region it still needs an easterly aspect to make the most of the morning sun while protecting the vines from the direct sun of Adelaide’s baking late summer afternoons.

Some grapes are also accessed from the cluster growers in the area. The spicy reds are matured in underground cellars. Varieties include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, the Reuben (a red blend), Cab Sav, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and a Shiraz Viognier.

The premium is the Sommerville Shiraz, grafted from the few surviving old (1903) vines at the old Sommerville vineyard.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Paracombe The Rueben 2012

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, muscular blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz, perfumed blackberry, redcurrant and cassis with violet florals and a touch of mint, firm and a little blocky, spicy sandalwood oak (***1/2)

Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, aromatic and fairly concentrated lime and passionfruit with capsicum and snowpea notes, flinty with a talcy mineral undercarriage with crisp lemon peel acidity (***1/2)

Paracombe Holland Creek Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not  ($20)

Drink: 2017 or 2023 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:  Feb 2016, floral and fragrant granny smith apple and lime with lemon blossom aromatics, rounded palate with a sliver of pineapple sweetness, slaty finish with powdery phenolics, fractionally forward (****)  

Paracombe Pinot Gris 2015

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting:  Feb 2016,  fuller bodied and leesy style showing lemon sherbet, pear skin and green apple with gingery spices and a whiff of nougat, flinty finish with chalky phenolics and good length (****)

Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink:  2017

(GXY) Tasting:  Feb 2016, medium intensity with passionfruit, lime and lemon sherbet flavours with some red capsicum notes, talcy mineral backbone leads to a flinty finish and crunchy grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Paracombe Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting:  Feb 2016, quite perfumed, firmish plum and cassis with violet notes, medium-full bodied palate with underlying graphite minerality, the  coffee-cedar oak is fairly overt at the moment as are the associated grainy oak tannins (***1/2)

Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Purchased: Not: ($21)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015,  soft and generous passionfruit and limes with a whiff of blackcurrant on the nose, modestly grassy with a touch of red capsicum, crisp lemon rind on the persistent talcy finish (***1/2)

Paracombe Holland Creek Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015 or 2021 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014,  Best Riesling Trophy at Adelaide Hills Regional Wine Show 2013,  fragrant and generous granny smith apple, lime and lemon sherbert mid-palate, touch of pineapple sweetness, finishes with slaty minerals and powdery phenolics wrapped around the juicy citrusy acidity, fractionally forward (****1/2)

Paracombe Pinot Gris 2013

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, slight blush colour, rounded, fuller style showing pear skin, nectarine and melon in a medium dry, leesy format, some lanolin plumpness on the mid-palate with musk and gingery spices and a touch of nougat, dusty phenolics with some flintiness on the finish (****)

Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, Bronze Medal at Adelaide Hills Regional Wine Show 2013, creamy passionfruit and limes with blackcurrant nuances, talcy mineral spine, there’s some red capsicum but not sweaty, flinty finish with fresh orange peel edged acidity (****)

Paracombe The Rueben 2011

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, from a cold wet vintage, this time the blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 9% Malbec and 2% Shiraz, aromatic redcurrants, mulberries and plums with violet, green capsicum and menthol notes, spicy medium bodied palate is supple with a savoury rhubarb undercurrent, sandalwood/vanilla spice/chocolate oak, reasonable concentration but showing some greenness from the vintage conditions (***1/2)

Paracombe Somerville Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($69)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2014, only 150 dozen made, intense late harvest style with 16% alcohol, blackberry liqueur and liquorice with peppery spices and some smoked meat complexity on the mid-palate, lots of charry roast coffee/dark chocolate oak, grainy tannins, too ‘heroic’ a style for me but others will no doubt enjoy it (***1/2)

Paracombe Rueben 2009

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($19)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, Highest Points and Gold Medal at 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show, blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 4% Shiraz, good aromatics, juicy and spicy redcurrants, mulberries and plums with violet, anise, mint notes, the long, medium bodied palate is supple and shows plenty of glycerol, attractive savoury rhubarb undercurrent and complemented by the balanced sandalwood/sweet spice oak, this vintage shows extra vibrancy than the Merlot dominated 2008, I’m not scoring this quite as highly as the Melbourne wine show judges but is a terrific wine for the price point if you can still get hold of a bottle (****1/2)

Paracombe Cabernet Franc 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, nice varietal expression showing blackcurrants and redcurrants in a glycerolly, medium bodied framework, there’s some cured meat aspects on the nose along with some menthol and green peppers, the palate is supple without any hard green edges that sometimes afflicts this late ripening variety, fine dusty tannins with balanced spicy cedar oak (****)

Paracombe Holland Creek Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Gold Medal at 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show, taut opening that moves into a more expansive granny smith apple, lime and lemon mid-palate, there’s a sliver of tropical fruit sweetness, finishes with minerals and crunchy lemon sherbert-infused acidity (****)

Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, lightly grassy, spicy and crisp passionfruit, melon and lime with a touch of blackcurrant on the nose, builds intensity along palate to the crunchy and chalky grapefruit acid finish, good, clean regional expression (****)

Paracombe Pinot Gris 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, subtle bronze blush colour, this is in the fuller style showing ripe lychees and pears with musk and ginger notes, creamy/leesy mid-palate with a flinty citrus rind finish (***1/2)

Paracombe Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Bronze Medal at 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show, fairly austere white peach, pear and melon, good length with crisp orange rind acidity and restrained spicy oak (***1/2)

Paracombe Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, smooth and glossy red cherry and blueberry with a touch of pepper and mint, reasonable concentration on entry but becomes lean and a little dilute further, smooth tannins, the oak brings a touch of mocha and sweet spice to the finish, the 14% alcohol seems a tad high for the lightness of the wine (***)

Paracombe Holland Creek Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013 or 2019 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, the cold vintage has brought the best out of the limited amount of Adelaide Hills Riesling that wasn’t wiped out by botrytis, fragrant granny smith apple, nectarine and lime with jasmine florals and a dusting of brown spices, focused and minerally with a persistent wet slate finish and crunchy grapefruit acidity (****1/2)

Paracombe Sommerville Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($69)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, only 120 dozen released, Bronze Medal at Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2010, late picked to build extra intensity, tarry and rather ripe blackberry, liquorice, white pepper and fruitcake, the overt new French oak brings mocha-chocolate and toasty spices to the fix, grainy oak tannins, for those who like the oaky, blockbuster style (****)

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, pink-tinge to the colour, ripe and fairly broad entry showing nashi pear, melon and apple with a creamy nougat lees input and rose petal florals, fresh lemony acids provide the counterpoint (***1/2)

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Malbec 2009

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, only 100 dozen released, juicy, plush and rich blueberry and dark plum with violet and plumcake notes, medium-full bodied with some underlying earthiness and fine, open knit tannins, the French oak brings some cedar/cinnamon support in the background, just a little broad for a higher score but is a convincing stand alone Malbec (***1/2)

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, ripe and plush blackcurrant and dark plum with violet florals, spicy and medium-full bodied with a choc-mint finish, 20 months in French oak, juicy with fine, dusty oak tannins, approachable and well integrated (***1/2)

Paracombe The Reuben 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, blend of 48% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec 9% and 3% Shiraz, spicy and vegetal showing plum, raspberry, mulberry and rhubarb with white pepper, anise and some menthol, subdued but savoury mid-palate with fine chalky tannins and restrained sandalwood/cinnamon French oak, demure but in a food friendly way (***1/2)

Paracombe The Reuben 2003

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($23)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, aromatic Bordeaux-style blend of 59% Cab Sav, 12% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc, 7% Malbec, leafy, medium bodied, spicy and earthy blackcurrant and dark plum with rhubarb, tobacco and leather notes, infused with restrained cedary French oak, rounded fine grained tannins and a touch of menthol on the finish (****)

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, unusual straw yellow colour for its age with a faint pink blush, musky nose, oily barrel ferment palate shows tangy pear and melon with surprisingly early developed musk and honeysuckle aspects, the sweetness is balanced with a backbone of lemon citric acidity, dry minerally finish is fairly soft, a busy wine (***1/2)

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Dan Murphys ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, ripe melon and pear aromas, creamy palate, well balanced acidity, toasty vanilla oak (***1/2)

Paracombe Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2001

Purchased: Dan Murphys ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: April 2006, dark ruby colour, intense bouquet of cherries and plums with pepper and spice nose, mouth-filling palate with dark chocolate and subtle oak (***1/2)