Paringa Estate – sensational and satisfying Pinot Noirs

Perfumed and silky, Pinot Noir reds are as summery as they come but, given how wet and cold it’s been, I’m thinking satisfying rather than sylphlike perhaps better fits the bill? In which case, I can’t recommend highly enough Paringa Estate’s Pinot Noirs from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

Owner and winemaker, former school teacher Lindsay McCall (pictured), has bagged a ton of trophies for his Pinot Noirs, the flagship of which – Paringa Estate The Paringa Pinot Noir – is rated “Excellent” in Langton’s prestigious Classification of Australian Wine V.

Below you’ll find my notes on the latest vintages to hit these shores (2008 & 2009), plus a note on the 2010 vintage of The Paringa Pinot Noir, which I sampled during my visit this February. Click here for a report of an earlier visit to Paringa Estate for some background, plus notes on previous vintages.

Paringa Estate Estate Pinot Noir 2009 (Mornington Peninsula)

A complex nose and palate shows great depth – a seemingly bottomless pit – of juicy red cherry, berry and currant, crunchy pomegranate and riper perfumed blueberry fruit, edged with lifted (dried pine needle) sous bois and spice notes. The tannins are long, textured and savoury, the whole tight and juicy, so plenty to excite now and to give yet. Terrific. Best Pinot Noir at 2011 Five Nations Challenge.

Paringa Estate The Paringa Pinot Noir 2008 (Mornington Peninsula)

This single vineyard selection of best fruit comes from “the home block,” which was planted in 1985. Though it’s weighty like the 2007, with fabulous concentration of red cherry, currant and berry fruit, it’s possessed of a wonderful levity and purity too. Louche and lithe, the fruit is seemingly freer of the oak though, let there be no mistake, there’s no shortage of chassis or structure. A silkily tannined, lingeringly scented finish entrances. Wonderful. Best Pinot Noir Royal Melbourne Wine Show, Trophy Champion, National Cool Climate Wine Show.

Paringa Estate The Paringa Pinot Noir 2010 (Mornington Peninsula)

A youthful bright but deep cherry red hue with an equally vivid palate of swaggering sensuality – a wide smile – it’s positively lit up by a charge of concentrated small red and black berry, cherry and currant fruit. Lively but balanced acidity lends drive and definition, as does its firm but ripe brace of tannins. Despite the oomph, it’s remarkably lifted and nuanced with layers of forest floor, cool earth, spice and dark chocolate to a long, incisive finish. Remarkable intensity.

Paringa Estate is imported into the UK by Hallowed Ground; UK retail stockists include Swig, Planet of the Grapes & SH Jones.

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