The fruit was handpicked, whole bunch pressedand the unclarified juice barrel fermented. The wine was regularly stirred in barrel over its 9 months maturation to build palate weight and complexity. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation. The nose has delicate stone fruit aromas of white peach, with a hint of citrus. The palate has lively acidity, vibrant fruit and a textured palate. The finish is fresh and linear.
Founder and owner, Lindsay McCall, established the vineyard in 1985. He is lauded as one of the region’s handful of pioneers. He bought an old north-facing orchard and planted The Paringa vineyard. At an elevation of 140 meters it curls around the landscape like a vinous amphitheatre, sheltered from the harsh southwesterly winds. The deep, rich volcanic soils give power, flavour and structure to the wines. The vines are reaching their peak of maturity too, and this is a crucial factor in producing wine of the highest quality. In 2007, Paringa Estate was awarded the “Best Winery in Australia,” in the ‘James Halliday Wine Companion,’ an astonishing achievement for someone with no formal training in viticulture or winemaking.