Paradise IV Chaumont, 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.
Extraordinarily deep, fresh and brightly lit, with a voluminous bouquet of pristine small black and red berries, dark plums and smoky mocha/chocolate oak laced with fragrant nuances of dried herbs and smoked meats. Long and luscious, its silky-smooth presence of pure dark fruit follows a delicious line down the palate, whose mouth-watering, crunchy tannins contribute the toe clean, drying finish. Remarkably balanced and harmonious, and a total rethink on the concept of Australian cabernet-shiraz.
95 points, JeremyOliver.com
A very good wine, which has matured superbly and is still going strong. It surprisingly shows more shiraz personality than cabernet. Earthy, leathery, faintly spicy bouquet, with an appropriately mature patina. Good density and fleshy texture. Impressive.
93 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
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.