Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2012
The Paringa Estate Pinot Noir is one of the finest examples of Australian Pinot. This elegant red wine shows amazing characteristics and has enormous depth of flavours and texture. If you want to taste test against any top French Pinot Noir then you will be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Founded in 1984 by Lindsay McCall when he purchased a derelict orchard, Paringa Estate started small with a three tonne harvest in 1988 but has grown considerably in the intervening years. Production is now at 200 tonnes and Paringa Estate is one of the most highly awarded wineries in Australia, regularly winning gold trophies for its Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. “One of the best, if not the best, wineries on the Peninsula” says James Halliday.
Warm and dry conditions throughout the flowering period ensured a good berry set. Average temperatures during February and March provided long, even ripening and allowed for fruit to be picked at optimal maturity.
Grown in three vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula, the Pinot Noir vines are aged between 15 and 22 years. Six clones are planted. The soil on all three vineyards is deep red volcanic clay that allows dry land growing, with no irrigation.
The grapes were 100% destemmed and cold soaked for one to two days. Each two-tonne open fermenter wash and plunged three times per day. Several days of post-fermentation maceration took place and then the wine was pressed to tank and to barrel for a malolactic fermentation. 50% of the wine was aged in new French oak barriques and 50% in 1st and 2nd use barrels for 10 months.
A breathtaking Pinot with extraodinary texture and elegant power reminiscent of top Chambolle Musigny.
Sublime with roast grouse or pheasant; or a white truffle risotto
Pinot Noir 100%
Australia. Region: Victoria
Residual Sugar: 1.
Contains Sulphites: Yes.