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
This wine has Paringa’s typical complex bouquet of dark cherries, spice and subtle savoury new oak characters. On the palate there is powerful dark cherry/black fruit flavours well integrated with the spicy savoury French oak characters. The fine grain tannins provide weight and structure to the wine. This is an elegant Paringa pinot that will reward careful cellaring.
A defining feature of this vintage (apart from lower yields) is accessibility in the wines. Here the Estate offers plushness, personality and satisfaction. Expect juniper and red cherries, with a sprinkling of baking spices infused into a fuller-bodied style. Smooth, supple tannins sashay across the palate. Drink to: 2029; Price: $65.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2021; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Jane Faulkner; James Halliday Wine Companion
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