2018 was the vintage of which winemakers’ dreams are made. Not only were the yields generous, but quality is exceptional across all varieties. The reds show lovely varietal flavours and super fine tannins.Fruit was 100% de-stemmed and fermented in 2.5 tonne open fermenters. The fruit spent an average of 21 days in the fermenter on skins. Maturation took place over 11 months on lees in French Oak barrels.This wine shows lifted floral, spice and bright red cherry notes on the nose, flowing onto a palatewith both dark and red cherry flavours, bright acid, fine tannins and a long finish.
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.