Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016
Paringa Estate do everything in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries when it comes to wine and showing the way to lesser growers. The Peninsula Pinot Noir is a superb example of Pinot. This wild cherry flavoured wine is smooth as silk and with delightful tannins that tease the palate without overpowering with farmyard or earthy characters like so many lesser examples of this red wine grape.
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.
This is a Mornington Peninsula regional wine with fruit taken from a number of Estate managed Pinot blocks - approximately 60% of the final wine and from a number of contracted growers which accounts for approximately 40%. The fruit comes from some warmer 'down the hill' sites and 'up the hill' cooler sites, providing complexity to the final wine.
In the winery, the berries were 100% destemmed and then fermented in two tonne open fermenters spending 21 days on their skins. Maturation took place in French Oak barriques for a period of 11 months.
10% destemmed fruit translate into a very bright and appealing style of Pinot Noir. The wild cherry and rasberry imbued fruit on the palate are supported by smooth tannins and a lovely vibrant finish.
Pinot Noir 100%
Australia. Region: Victoria
Body Value: N/A (A is light, E is full bodied).
Residual Sugar: 1.
Contains Sulphites: Yes.