The former Moorabool Estate has been renamed Paradise IV for the very good reason that it is the site of the original Paradise IV Vineyard, planted in 1848 by Swiss vigneron Jean- Henri Dardel. It is owned by Ruth and Graham Bonney. The wines have intensity, perfume and balance giving them a more European style. Traditional winemaking techniques are employed with natural ferments and natural malolactic being an integral element of the style and character of the wines. High quality French oak barrels are selected for use but the style has always seen the oak disappear into the wines, never dominating them.
Scented with a wild, spicy perfume of yellow peach, dried flowers, charcuterie meats and orange blossom, this supple, creamy chardonnay effortlessly delivers a sumptuous but elegant and evenly paced palate of peach, grilled nuts and charcuterie meats backed by nuances of lime and ginger. It’s underpinned by a fine, powdery texture and is brightly wrapped in a gentle but lively acidity. Long and charming, it’s a wine of genuine complexity and sophistication. Drink: 2026-2030+; Rating: 19.0/20, 96/100 Points; Jeremy Oliver
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