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.
A masterpiece. Smoky, mineral and profoundly floral aromas of black and blue berries, paprika and exotic, musky spices, charcuterie and forest floor combine in an alluring, sensual bouquet. Explosively intense and exceptionally long, its energetic but medium-bodied palate of dark fruits, briar and tight-knit oak builds effortless depth and emphasis along its silky-fine backbone, finishing with suggestions of minerals, licorice and a racy, mouthwatering acidity. It’s an exercise in finesse and restrained power; the finest release under this label and a new high water mark in Australia for northern Rhône-inspired shiraz. Drink: 2029 to 2037+; Rating: 98 Points; Jeremy Oliver; Australian Wine Annual
Deep, bright red colour with a good purple rim and a deliciously spicy, red-fruited bouquet. Hints of graphite, black pepper and just a hint of vegetal character. It’s already very complex and stylish, showing great potential. The palate is medium to full-bodied and elegantly-crafted, with abundant supple tannins and terrific length. An outstanding shiraz, in the mould of the stellar 2010 Dardel. Drink: 2019 to 2039; Price: $75.00; Alcohol: 13.8%; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
The J.H.Dardel Shiraz is from the historic Paradise IV vineyard. Deliciously complex aromas with red fruits, assorted spices and subtle vegetal hints. Graphite and black pepper also make an appearance. Medium bodied but quite powerful, with supple tannins and terrific length. Rating: 97 Points; Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine.
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