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.
If ever there was a wine to go out on, this is it. The vintage and vineyard worked in perfect unison. A deep, powerful colour to the very rim of the meniscus. Dark plum fruits, earthy notes, blood orange zest; high toned fruits spiced by szechuan pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, smoked meats, cold tea with a sous-bois overlay. The palate is a mirror reflection of the bouquet with cleansing acidity and supple, fine resolved tannins giving rise to a richly fruited wine with a precise and savoury finish. This wine will go the long haul and age for 30 plus years. A tour de force.
It’s not often I find myself reviewing a shiraz that really thinks it’s a high-end pinot noir. That’s what I’m doing here, although – like many a pinot of great breeding – this wine will build depth and structure quite dramatically over the next 5-8 years. Its musky, faintly mocha-like bouquet of smoked duck, dark cherries, raspberries and redcurrants is laced with earthy notes of Pu Er tea and exotic spice. Long and supple, with a plush core of mouthfilling black and red fruit, it extends long, supple and seamless down a tight-grained, drying and dusty spine that is certain to become firmer. It finishes with remarkable drive and savoury complexity. This is something very unique and special. Drink: 2030-2038+; Rating: 19.8/20, 99/100 Points; Jeremy Oliver
|Unit Of Measure||ea|