Schoolteacher-turned-winemaker Lindsay McCall has shown an absolutely exceptional gift for winemaking across a range of styles, but with immensely complex Pinot Noir and Shiraz leading the way. The wines have an unmatched level of success in the wine shows and competitions Paringa Estate is able to enter, the limitation being the relatively small size of production. His skills are no less evident in contract winemaking for others. Winery Rating 5 stars. James Halliday
The ‘Peninsula’ label is an expression of a lively, fruit driven regional style. This is a classic cool climate shiraz is sourced from three sites around the Peninsula which have the spice and black pepper characters, that are the hallmark of this wine.
The wine has around 5% viognier, which was co-fermented with the shiraz. It was then aged for eleven months in seasoned French oak barriques. A highly aromatic nose with black pepper, liquorice, aniseed and dark berries leads onto a fruit driven palate, with fine tannins, silky texture and good length.
2016 Review: Absolutely classic Paringa, one of the best - if not the best - of the early starters, with full-on cool climate shiraz thrust. Likewise, classic blackberry, blood plum and licorice flavours are supported by fine tannins and subtle oak. Drink to: 2046; Price: $29.00; Date Tasted: March 2018; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points; Top 100 Wines for 2018; James Halliday Wine Companion
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