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Paringa Estate

www.paringaestate.com.au

44 Paringa Rd, Red Hill South, 3937

Cellar Door: Daily (11-5)

Ph: (03) 5657 4241

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Paringa is well known for the many awards its top end Pinot Noirs have won. It was established by schoolteacher turned wine-maker Lindsay McCall in 1985.

The new winery and restaurant building was constructed in 1998 on the same site as the original smaller winery shed. Since 2003 a further 32 acres (12.8 hectares) of leased/managed vineyard has substantially added to the Estate's source of premium quality fruit to meet the high demand for these wines.

The Reserve and Estate ranges are from the original estate, while the Peninsula series is from the leased vineyards. There is also Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris that are all usually very well made but don't get the headlines.

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

Paringa Estate The Paringa Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($95)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, unlike recent vintages this one isnít over-extracted and lets the excellent vintage conditions do the talking, it still has plenty of power though, supple and glossy red cherries and raspberry with bright rose petal and lavender florals, spicy with some emergent game complexity and mocha/clove oak support, a step forward, will see if the control over the extract is maintained (*****)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, floral and firmish red cherry and plum with flashes of raspberry and violets, earthy palate with sarsaparilla notes and powdery tannins †and cedar-mocha-cinnamon oak, good acid balance (****)

Paringa Estate The Paringa Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, †heady and concentrated rod of concentrated black cherry essence, leather and raspberry with lavender florals, the firm palate is meaty and extracted with powerful mocha/clove oak and grainy tannins, the question mark is whether the fruit has enough depth to last the intended distance (****)

Paringa Estate †Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: †2022

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, perfumed black cherry, plum and raspberry with rose petal florals and autumn leaf notes, medium bodied palate is still fairly tightly wound and earthy with a touch of sarsaparilla and firmish acidity, finishes with fine powdery tannins and balanced cinnamon-clove mocha oak (****)

The Paringa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting:† Aug 2012, Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at 2009 National Cool Climate Wine Show, highly perfumed, powerful and essency black cherry and blackcurrant, lavender, charred game and musky spices, medium-full bodied with grainy tannins tannins, the ample new French oak adds cinnamon-clove spiciness and mocha-coffee to the back half, good persistence (****1/2)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting:† Aug 2012, some yield loss from sunburn in the early Feb heatwave muscular, spicy and deep set dark plum, black cherry and autumn leaves, medium-full bodied, grainy† and chewy tannins, the new French oak brings cinnamon-clove spiciness and charry mocha to the back half, a touch of menthol is there as well (****)

Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting:† Aug 2012, 100% destemmed, a bit more diffuse and light-medium bodied reflecting the cold vintage, sour red cherry and raspberry with rose petal, menthol and musky spices, fine tannins, some nutmeg and cinnamon from the oak (***)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, more intense and deep set than the Peninsula with plum, black cherry and autumnal fruit set in a firm grid of chewy tannins, rather oaky with cinnamon-clove spiciness and charry mocha but livened by the fresh acids, more in the vein of Central Otago Pinot Noir (****)

Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, brightly flavoured entry style showing generous plum and red cherry with a light smattering of cinnamon and clove, long savoury finish with subtle charred mocha-cedar oak and easy drinking supple tannins (***1/2)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($68)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, bright, mouth-filling and tangy fruit set with boysenberry, raspberry and plum with a touch of mint, complex medium bodied palate with bramble and savoury features, spicy vanilla oak, fruit just lacks the finesse of the outstanding 2006 vintage, firmer tannins and acids to match the increased fruit ripeness (****1/2)

Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, well made entry level style, spicy and tangy black cherry and plum with rose petal and cinnamon nuances, a nice core of fruit drives it along with balanced mocha-coffee oak and fine tannins, return to form from the weaker fruit set of the 2006 (***1/2)

Paringa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, Best Pinot Noir at Victorian Wine Show 2007, tightly knit and dense core of red cherry, dark plum and boysenberry, opens up more towards the back palate, spicy and brambly with linear savoury tannins running through the palate, light stemmy touches, 100% new oak, much more closed and austere at the moment than the estate but with five or six years cellaring it should even more charming (*****)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($68)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, Best Pinot Noir Trophy at Sydney Wine Show 2007, the charm that this had with the wine judges is immediately apparent, vibrant and tangy array of red cherry, boysenberry, dark plum and cassis, deep and intense palate with complex brambly and spice aspects, tightly structured savoury tannins, discrete oak, rich and focussed wine with great mouthfeel and length (*****)

Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, tangy raspberry and spicy plum with some savoury aspects, rather ripe, confectionary and forward, back end is flooded with lots of sweet oak, fine tannins, disappointing given the excellent value that the bottom tier of the Pinot Noir portfolio usually offers (***)

Paringa Estate Reserve Special Barrel Selection Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, small quantities made only in best years fragrant plum, raspberry and black cherry flavour with well developed forest floor, pepper and spice complexity, deep set, slightly sweet palate with well balanced underlying stemminess, integrated mocha-coffee oak with great length and a savoury finish (*****)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($57)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, from 15-20 year old vines on estate, intense plum and black cherry flavour with well developed forest floor with a touch of stemminess, pepper and spice complexity, well integrated mocha-coffee oak with a lingering savoury finish (****1/2)

Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, pre-release tasting, from the leased vineyards in the region, fresh plum and cherry flavour, not as deep as 2004, subtle smoky mocha-coffee oak, not much spice complexity yet but it no doubt will develop (***1/2)

Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Acland Cellars ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: August 2005, a powerful plum and cherry flavour and hint of forest floor, subtle smoky mocha-coffee oak with a satisfying finish (****)