Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz, Geelong
The Paradise IV vineyard site is 2.5 hectares and the varieties grown are Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Paradise IV vintage is always much later than other vineyards in the Geelong region because the site is cooled most summer evenings by south-easterly sea breezes channelling up the Moorabool Valley. This beneficial factor allows flavour development to occur slowly.
The wines have intensity, perfume and balance – they are in a more European style. The vineyard is low-cropped and all fruit is hand-picked. Traditional winemaking techniques are employed with natural ferments and natural malolactic being an integral element of the style and character of the wines. High-quality French oak barrels are selected for use but the style sees the oak disappear into the wines, never dominating them.
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.
Douglas Neal, Winemaker.
"Destemmed and crushed, 40% whole berry, 10% whole bunches, 4 days cold soak, wild-fermented for 10 days on skins, plunged three times daily, matured for 12 months, bottled without fining or filtration. This shiraz is in the lap of the gods: will the structure and black fruits hold sway, or will it be the bitter edge to the tannins?" 94 Points, James Halliday
"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, Huon Hooke
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.