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Paringa Estate had 9 wines of 91 points or more. Here they are:
2018 Paringa Estate Peninsula Chardonnay 94 Points
This is very tight and precise with dried-apple, lightly toasted oak, cream and pie-crust character, but always subtle. Medium to full body. Fresh and flavorful. Drink now. Screw cap.
2017 Paringa Estate ‘Estate’ Chardonnay 92 Points
Lots of cooked-apple, pear and praline character here with some yogurt. Medium to full body. Fruity finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
2018 Paringa Estate ‘Peninsula’ Pinot Noir 91 Points
A very vibrant and attractive pinot that has abundant spiced strawberries and red cherries. Freshness and purity defines the approachable palate. Drink now. Screw cap.
2016 Paringa Estate ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir 93 Points
This dark-cherry and brambly fruited pinot noir gives a strong and striking impression on the nose with a deeply spicy and gently earthy edge. The palate texture is smooth yet assertive. Good power and plenty of bandwidth at the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap
2016 Paringa Estate ‘The Paringa’ Pinot Noir 94 Points
This impressive pinot has a rich and quite complex style with a very long, concentrated palate that offers a rich, fluid and assertively fleshy palate texture. This has a lot of promise and energy. Great depth and expansiveness at the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
2017 Paringa Estate ‘Robinson’ Pinot Noir 94 Points
Superb florals here with violets and roses, leading to a fresh array of cherries and strawberries. The palate has a beautifully lithe core. So fresh and juicy. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
2015 Paringa Estate ‘Robinson’ Pinot Noir 93 Points
This has headed into earthy territory with a couple of years in bottle. The dark spices are wrapped around smooth, fleshy and supple, long tannins. Smooth and long. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
2016 Paringa Estate ‘Estate’ Shiraz 92 Points
The ‘Estate’ shiraz has a deep sense of ripeness in this vintage and delivers a plush, long and very attractively fleshy feel that holds a good depth of bright, soft and ripe plums. Drink or hold. Screw cap
2016 Paringa Estate ‘The Paringa’ Shiraz 93 Points
An earthy, rich, red-plum and red-berry style that has a meaty edge, too. The palate delivers a fresh array of fine yet assertive tannin that carries plenty of fruit flavor. Good depth here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.