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.
Long and elegant, scented with cassis, blackberries, raspberries and dark cherries knit with tight-grained cedar and chocolate oak, it reveals notes of dried Italian herbs and a whiff of cola. It’s beautifully polished and brightly lit, with a profound, but gentle core of black and red fruits artfully wound around a fine, but firmish spine of crunchy tannins. Oak is smoky and tightly knit, while it extends with suppleness and softness towards a gentle and deftly balanced finish, leaving a lingering presence of fruit backed by smoky, earthy and licorice-like nuances. Utterly unique. Drink: 2026-2030+; Rating: 19.0/20, 96/100 Points; Jeremy Oliver
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