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Moorabool Estate (Paradise IV)

45 Dog Rocks Road, Batesford, 3221

Cellar Door: c/- Clyde Park or by appointment

Ph: (03) 5276 1536

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In 1988 Ruth and Graham Bonney re-established wine production at the site of the 19th century Paradise Vineyard (established in 1848 by Swiss vigneron Jean Henri Dardel).

The site has well-drained soils and a north-easterly terroir. The varieties grown here are Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wines are now made by Doug Neal.

The new premium Paradise IV brand is producing some of the most exciting reds in the region with the Dardel IV evoking justified comparisons with the best northern Rhone Syrah.

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)

New reviews

Paradise iV Blanche 2016

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2018, a return of the savoury white blend, this time it is a blend of Chardonnay 86%, Viognier 12% and 2%Sauvignon, only 3 barrels made, creamy and rounded yellow peach and apricot and hint of cashew and ginger, has good acidity but is made only for short term celling prospect (***1/2)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2018, long and powerful lemon curd and white peach with white flower notes, some †spicy spicy cashew oak with orange peel and pink grapefruit acidity underpinning, alcohol at 12.7 is the lowest ever and helps the wine mover stylistically closer to Burgundy (****1/2)

Paradise iV Dardel Shiraz 2016

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2018, perfumed and focussed red plum and blackberry with violet florals, some silkiness on the mid-palate with underling granite notes and persistent powdery tannins, quite tightly packed but will unfold with a decade in the cellar (*****) †

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2016,10% whole bunch, silky and tight blackberry pastille and blood plum with charred game notes and black pepper notes, †vibrant, textural and medium bodied palate underpinned with orange peel acidity with touch of dark chocolate on the finish, lingering powdery tannins(*****) †

Paradise IV Chaumont 2014

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: †2027+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2016, the blend this vintage ins 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest coming from Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and merlot, supple and well pitched blueberry and cassis with bay leaf and violet notes, long and pure medium bodied palate with savoury and dusty tannins with clove/cedar/vanilla from the Sirugue oak barrels specially designed for this wine in Burgundy (*****)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: May 2016, floral, reductive and mealy nectarine, mandarin and melon with matchstick and spice notes, linear and seamless with some lemon butter creaminess on the mid-palate, tangy pink grapefruit acidity with subtle hazelnut oak on the linear finish (****1/2)

Paradise IV Saint Blaise 2015

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2016, a blend of 60% Viognier and 40% Chardonnay, quite perfumed orange peel and nectarine with a hint of apricot kernel, quite linear for the blend with some mid-palate creaminess and a sprinkle of gingery spice, tangy citrussy acidity on mineral finish, a rare premium version of this blend normally seen in the quaffing range (****)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($48)

Drink: †2022

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, †floral, generous and mealy nectarine, tangerine and melon with some lemon butter and fig on the mid-palate, chalky texture with nervy grapefruit acidity and vanilla/hazelnut oak, finishes savoury with a hint of brine (****1/2)

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz 2013

Purchased:†Not ($50)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014,† a bit plusher than its normal plushness due to the vintage heat, silky and sumptuous blackberry pastille and dark plum with asian spice, pepper and violet notes, some smoked meat complexity in there, medium- bodied with very, fine chalky tannins, creamy coffee/cedar oak on the savoury finish (*****)

Paradise IV Chaumont 2013

Purchased:† Not ($44)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, plush but briary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc, fragrant cassis, raspberry and blackberry with violet, bay leaf and herb notes, minerally and medium-full bodied, the undercurrent of savoury chalky tannins provides the drive, balanced coffee/cedar/clove oak (*****)

Paradise IV Blanche 2013

Purchased:† Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, a new dry white release as the Chardonnay was not up to the usual standard this vintage, eclectic blend of Viognier, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne, tangy tapestry of citrus flavours (lime, orange, lemon), passionfruit and poached pear with herb, honey and musk spice notes, minerally with well pitched refreshing acidity and a slightly briny finish, a great summer white† (****1/2)

Paradise IV Dardel 2012

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, floral, plush and richly flavoured without compromising its lithe structure, supple black cherry, mulberry and plums with violet florals and a herbal/rose petal aspect, brambly medium-full bodied palate with some chalky tannic grip and a touch of bitter chocolate on the finish, very good persistence and balance (*****)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, rich, fairly intense crystalline core of tangy orange, lemon and melon with meal and quince notes, I left the bottle that winemaker donated to me in the fridge overnight and it opened up to some extra creamy/waxy lemon butter dimensions and palate plumpness, good acid backbone with subtle cashew-cinnamon oak (****1/2)

Paradise IV Chaumont 2012

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, floral and briary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz, focussed and evenly weighted core of raspberry, blueberry and mulberry with pepper, dried herb, mint and violet notes, some rose petals in there as well, the medium bodied palate shows graphite minerals, toasty cedar/clove oak inputs, with a touch of roast coffee on the finish, some grainy tannic grip (****1/2)

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($A44)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, expressive, perfumed nose, stylish, briary and spicy black cherry, mulberry and dark plum with black pepper, asian spice, dried herb and violet notes, medium bodied with lingering, slinky tannins and stemmy acidity, restrained savoury and spicy French oak, on the money if you like the northern Rhone style (*****)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($A43)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, from a very mild vintage and picked at a low baume, taut and very long showing lime, lemon rind and nectarine with mealy notes, more austere than usual and finely textured with good natural acidity, well integrated spicy hazelnut/cinnamon oak (****)

Paradise IV Chaumont 2010

Purchased: Not ($A43)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, a well made, briary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz, shows a tightly wound core of raspberry, blueberry and mulberry with leather, pepper, dried herb and violet notes, medium bodied palate is earthy with balanced toasty cedar/clove oak inputs, some mocha-chocolate on the finish, lingering dusty tannins (****1/2)

Paradise IV Batesford Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($A32)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, aromatic and plush blackcurrant, mulberry and blackberry with asian spice, lavender and black pepper notes, deep set and slightly tarry with the cedar/clove/nutmeg/mocha oak a bit more overt than the Dardel, fine tannins and good length (****)

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($43)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, another classy Northern-Rhone-esque release showing floral and tightly wound and briary black cherry and blueberry with nutmeg, clove, black pepper and savoury meat notes, the highly expressive medium bodied palate is underpinned with fine graphite minerality and finishes with mouth-filling but supple savoury oak tannins, the significant whole bunch inclusion gives a stemmy herbal edge and vibrant acidity, one of a handful of Australasian producers who can consistently pull off the knife edge balance of realising the potential of cool climate Shiraz (Syrah) complexity without any bitter under-ripeness or hollowness (*****)

Paradise IV Chaumont 2009

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, aromatic, vibrant and briary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz, nicely focussed raspberry, blueberry and mulberry with mint, pepper, dried herb and violet notes, the minerally medium bodied palate is rather savoury with toasty cedar and clove oak inputs plus a dab of mocha-chocolate on the finish, persistent powdery tannins (****1/2)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, yields were 20% lower than normal but a mild vintage without prolonged heat spikes, tasted only a few weeks after bottling so it will open up more, tight, seamless and elegant showing lemon rind, melon and nectarine with some funky savoury lees and quince notes, lightly creamy with fine chalky minerality with restrained toasty clove-vanilla oak inputs, the matchstick aspect is a much more restrained than the 2008 I tried alongside this, tingly grapefruit acidity (****1/2)

Paradise IV Batesford Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, there is small splash of Cabernet in here as well, fragrant, slightly extractive but supple black cherry and dark plum with dried thyme, black pepper and musk notes, silky medium bodied palate, very fine grained tannins with toasty cedar-cinnamon oak inputs, good line and length with a savoury finish, less meaty and tannic than the Dardel (****)

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($38)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, no fining or filtration, there is a small 1.5% Viognier input to lift the aromatics without adding apricot flavours, 2008 is proving to be an exceptional Shiraz vintage for the regions flanking Port Phillip Bay, perfumed and briary nose, powerful but fairly tightly wound and long plum and blueberry with violet, anise and cracked black pepper, the silky and medium bodied palate is infused with very fine extract and minerality, balanced coffee-cedar oak, firmer tannic structure than the Batesford, fast becoming the regional benchmark (*****)

Paradise IV Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, wild yeast and natural malo, 10 months on lees, minerally entry into a long, focussed and even palate with the nectarine and white peach primary flavours supported by some light wheat meal and lemon butter nuances, discrete oak, tightly wound lemon and pink grapefruit acidity give this good drive and presence (****1/2)

Paradise IV Chaumont 2008

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, unfiltered blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz with a dash of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, silky and medium bodied mulberry and blackcurrant with brown spice, pepper and mint leaf aspects, as with previous vintages it has understated power alongside the elegance, infused with very finely powdered tannins and coffee-cedar oak (****)

Paradise IV Batesford Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, there is an 8% Cabernet Sauvignon input, 20% whole bunch inclusion, pristine and stylish blackcurrant and black cherry with lavender, mint and black pepper notes, there is a fairly thick extract but the tannins are quite fine and supple with the oak a little more evident than the Dardel, this is the drink sooner version (****)

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, dense colour but with a silkily textured mouthfeel more like Pinot Noir, blackberry and dark plum with up front anise and spice notes, the earthy minerality and savoury tannins come to the fore in the second half, coffee and cedar notes from the quality oak handling, balanced, evokes comparisons with the best from Northern Rhone, delicious now but will have a long cellaring life (****1/2)

Paradise IV Chaumont Bordeaux Varieties and Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, itís a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a 10% Shiraz input, stylish and medium bodied but with some under-stated power, blackcurrant and redcurrant with menthol and a range of brown and black spices, very fine grained tannins and a leafy finish (****)

Paradise IV Batesford Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, aromatic, focussed and briary blackberry and blackcurrant, a Viognier input fattens the mid-palate and gives a herbal lift, smooth and minerally with supple tannins (***1/2)

Paradise IV Batesford Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, there is a bit of Viognier in the mix as well, smooth and feisty with focussed blackberry and leafy blackcurrant with mint and dried herb notes, briary, minerally and medium bodied with a plump mid-palate, supple tannins with a touch of dark chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

Moorabool Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, blackberry and blueberry aromas with varietal mintiness, earthy medium bodied palate has some sour, green edges, cedary oak, drying tannins (***)

Moorabool Estate Rose 2005

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, Shiraz -derived, good salmon colour, dry and herbally, light cherry and blackcurrant, crisp finish, refreshing (***)

Moorabool Estate Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, soft citrus flavours, creamy palate, toasty sweet vanilla oak with a dry finish, inoffensive drink now quaffer (**1/2)