“A ripping cool-climate shiraz.” – 96 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke
96 Points Jeremy Oliver
Paradise IV Winery has a long and proud history dating back to 1848, when James Henry Dardel first established his Paradise Winery, a collection of four vineyards on the banks of the Moorabool River in the Moorabool Valley.
The vineyard faces north east and has a unique soil profile of decomposed granite over limestone marl. The vineyard is low cropped and the wines are made using traditional winemaking techniques.
A strong magenta hue: elevated by wild berries, red and black; as it opens cracked black pepper and graphite notes come to the fore. The palate is smooth, silky and spicy with a taut fruit profile powered by fine, savoury tannins that add depth and structure. A textural wine that is balanced and flows effortlessly on the palate. A darker more brooding wine reflecting the vintage. The 2015 was floral and feminine; the 2016 is mineral and layered with dark berries and plum fruit providing flesh to the structural bones. Certainly a wine that will age well over the next 10 – 15 years.
“Deep red/purple hue and an intensely spicy, fragrant, aromatic bouquet, which holds a lot of black pepper and some dried herb notes. The palate is elegant but full-bodied, with gritty graphite-like tannins and an uncannily Rhône-ish personality. Long, balanced finish with cleansing tannins. A ripping cool-climate shiraz.” – 96 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke
“Fascinating. It might lack the charm and balance of the 2015 release but remains an exceptional wine of character, style and complexity. A deeply, lustrous perfume of cassis, dark plums, blood orange, dark chocolate, dried herbs and musky spices overlies a subtle underlay of minerals, tobacco and musk. Supported by fine, crunchy tannins, it’s long, savoury and mineral to finish, with an even, luscuous core of black and red fruits, citrus notes and a lingering suggestion of fennel, graphite, dried herbs and spice.” – 96 Points Jeremy Oliver