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Winemaker Summary


      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

Wine Ratings

The Paringa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 *

The Prince of Paringa, and off on a voyage of its own, finer and more savoury than any of the '16 Paringa Pinots. Red cherry, wild strawberry and spice form irresistible waves of flavour and texture. Elegance at a stratospheric level.

Rating 97 To 2035

Peninsula Shiraz 2016 *

Absolutely classic Paringa, one of the best - if not the best - of the early starters, with full-on cool climate shiraz thrust. Likewise, classic blackberry, blood plum and licorice flavours are supported by fine tannins and subtle oak.

Rating 97 To 2046

Robinson Pinot Noir 2016 *

Highly aromatic, with dark cherry and plum fruit supported by a textured weave of oak and fine tannins. The richest of the '16 Paringa pinots, with a succulent finish and aftertaste

Rating 96 To 2031

The Paringa Shiraz 2015

Matured for 18 months in French barriques (40% new). Striking clear fresh red hue, captured by the flavours of the juicy cherry and plum fruits. A particularly elegant and balanced example of a top class vintage.

Rating 96 To 2045

The Paringa Chardonnay 2016

Whole-bunch pressed, unclarified juice wild-fermented in new and 1 yo French puncheons, 100% mlf, matured 11 months. A no-holds-barred style that still has a strong following, and a very good example of the style.

Rating 95 To 2023

Estate Pinot 2016

Good depth to the colour; shares the distinctive power and drive of all the top-tier Mornington Peninsula pinots from '16 with red and black cherry fruits contesting front place for this wine, spices evident and will increase with time.

Rating 95 To 2027

Estate Shiraz 2015

Matured for 18 months in French barriques (20% new). Very complex and powerful, more introverted and savoury, blackberry, licorice and pepper all to the fore. The tannins are ripe, and demand you give them their due.

Rating 95 To 2045

Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

Total of 16 batches picked between 16 Feb and 22 Mar from vineyards across the Peninsula, destemmed, open-fermented, 21 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French oak. Reflects the decision to invest in this wine with more fruit and more attention in the winery. The bargin of the '16 Paringa pinots.

Rating 94 To 2025



*  denotes a wine "considered to offer special value for money"


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