James Halliday Companion
Schoolteacher-turned-winemaker Lindsay McCall has shown an absolutely exceptional gift for winemaking across a range of styles, but with immensely complex Pinot Noir and Shiraz leading the way. The wines have an unmatched level of success in the wine shows and competitions Paringa Estate is able to enter, the limitation being the relatively small size of production of the top wines in his portfolio. Lindsay's skills are no less evident in contract winemaking for others. But time has passed and son Jamie, joined the winemaking team in 2012, after completing a winemakingand viticulture course at the University of Adelaide. He was put in charge of winemaking at Paringa in '17 following five home vintages, and one in Oregon, focusing on pinot noir. Exports to the UK, Canada, Denmark, Ukraine, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Winery of the Year, 2007 Wine Companion.
Lindsay McCall is a magician at work
The Paringa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
There seems to be restraint working through Paringa Estate's wines not just vintage variations at play, a case in point its flagship pinot. Highly aromatic with a mix of spiced fruit and florals; the palate has depth of flavour, beautiful tannin structure and length yet never ventures into bolshie territory. Impeccable balance.
Rating 96 To 2029
The Paringa Chardonnay 2017
A powerhouse of flavour and texture. Richly fruited, laced with ginger spice, creamy leesy notes and oak influence aplenty yet there's a vibrancy of austerity to the finish. A signature style that has its fans.
Rating 95 To 2027
Estate Pinot Noir 2017
There's a plushness to the tannins, a fineness across the medium-bodied palate and a balance throughout. Theres some spiced cherries, woodsy spices and an enticing savoury overlay.
Rating 95 To 2027
Robinson Pinot Noir 2017
A medley of dark cherries and plums, flecks of spice especially licorice root and wafts of warm earth. It's more mid-weighted with shapley tannins, fleshy sweet fruit peeling off to allow though an appealing savouriness.
Rating 95 To 2027
The Paringa Shiraz 2016
It starts off with plump, ripe fruit infused with pepper, cinnamon, warm earth and charry, toasty oak - it spends 18 months in French oak barriques (50% new), It hovers toward fuller-bodied with forceful tannins that will mellow in time but overall, fresh and vibrant with good length.
Rating 95 To 2030
Estate Shiraz 2016
Awash with flavour from black pepper, spice to dark fruits and a touch of Aussie bush gum leaves. While there's some grip to the tannins, they are fleshy too; fuller-bodies, concentrated, a slightly drying finish but overall, good drinking now and will last some distance.
Rating 93 To 2028
Peninsula Shiraz 2017
Sourced from vineyards across the penninsula, fruit co-fermented with 5% viogner and aged 11 months in seasoned French oak barriques and while the label says 'a lively fruit driven regional style' it is by no means fruity, its really savoury and peppery. Lighter weighted but plenty of raspy tannins, dark fruits and layers of spice. Good drinking now. Rating 92 To 2026
Estate Pinot Gris 2018
The usual mix of pached pears, spiced with ginger, some creamed honey and freshly cut Granny Smith apples. A refreshing drink with a lick of sweetness and just enough texture too.
Rating 91 To 2022
Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018
The essence is there with plenty of cherries, red licorice, a hint of mint and squishy raspberries.
Rating 91 To 2028
Estate Riesling 2018
Fresh and breezy, taut and dry with a flicker of citrus, blossom and tangy lemon fruit across the palate. Rating 90 To 2023
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