Shiraz Mornington Victoria
Within Paringa's superlative Mornington estate property, lie three precious blocks of vine, yielding unique harvests of the most extraordinary Shiraz. Each parcel is picked on the specific day determined by individual ripeness, to be separately vinified in a bespoke manner, aimed at preserving the individual character of terroir. Assembled into a wine of balance, power and restraint, Paringa articulates the cool climate compexity and fragrant cherry spice of Mornington, while offering the substantive structure and chocolate fruit richness of extra fine Shiraz.
Lindsay and Margaret McCall began their incredible journey in 1984, with the purchase of a derelict orchard on Paringa Road at Red Hill. Their requirements included north facing slopes, a permanent running creek and adequate wind protection. The vines were established to a distinctly unique Lyre or U trellis system, employing an elaborate steel frame assembly. The site is now producing harvests of Mornington Peninsula's finest fruit. Bunches of Shiraz are destemmed into traditional, two tonnes open top fermenters. Upon completion, batches are racked to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for eighteen months maturation.
Purple scarlet colour. The distinctive cracked black pepper/ spice characters of Shiraz, plums, brambleberry and notes of cassis. On the palate, spicy blackberry and plum fruit flavours are supported by a length of firm yet soft, fine grained tannins. This is one of Mornington's finest renderings of Shiraz, a wine that will continue to evolve, yet can be enjoyed young alongside the finest cuisine.