Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
An accord of choice Chardonnay harvests from four estate managed vineyards within the Red Hill subregion of Mornington. Paringa has renewed its focus on Peninsula grown fruit and have earmarked an inventory of fruit from the finest sites. Delightfully fruit driven after a brisk vinification and timely bottling, its ripe stonefruit and mandarin nose is beautiful almond milk flavours and nutty barrel ferment characters. Fine, elegant and intense, all the hallmarks of Paringa Estate.
The early success at Paringa Estate wines is a testimony to founder Lindsay McCall's passion and intuitive feel. Lindsay managed the ten acre vineyard and made wine, while maintaining a full time teaching job. The inaugural vintage was a mere three tonnes of fruit, it involved a very steep learning curve. Chardonnay is sourced from Paringa Estate paladin vineyards, including the Thacore property on Callanans Road and the Sea Vista site at Paringa Road. The winemaking process is almost identical to that of the Paringa flagships. Whole bunches are pressed to seasoned French oak barrels and treated to a partial wild yeast vinification on gross solids, followed by nine months maturation.
Medium to full yellow green. Bouquet is fruit driven with citrus and stonefruit characteristics, nectarine and peach in particular. The palate has similar tropical and stonefruit flavours combined with subtle nutty barrel ferment characters and good acidity. This is a lovely fresh wine that will provide excellent current drinking whilst continuing to develop.