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.
Trophy - Best Victorian Shiraz - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal & 95 Points - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019
I like pepper in my shiraz and Paringa Estate is always a good place to find it. It’s clearly evident in this release, both black pepper and white, though even in tandem the total remains at modest not-ridiculous levels. It’s otherwise berried, red and black, with a whisper of creamy oak. Acidity is both refreshing and slightly cranberried. All up it’s an excellent wine to drink, all squeaky-clean, polished and peppery as it is. Tasted: June 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $29; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2025+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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