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.
Medium-bodied, long and gentle, with a pristine, floral perfume of cassis, blackberries, blood plums and tight-grained chocolate/cedar oak backed by a fragrance of freshly dried herbs. Penetrative flavours of red cherries, blueberries, dark plums are supported by creamy, polished oak and fine, slinky tannins, extending with purity and focus towards a finish of sophistication and remarkable balance. A classic wine from this vineyard, artfully presented with the utmost of finesse.
96 points, jeremyoliver.com
Cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and cabernet franc, 4 days cold soak, 10 days wild fermentation, matured in French Sirugue barrels (50% new) from a range of forests designed by Doug Neal to suit cabernet for 12 months in the underground cellar. Deep colour; a fresh and vibrant bouquet leads into a juicy cassis-dominated medium-bodied palate, tannins lurking behind the fruit throughout. Just when you think you have the wine sorted out, a touch of cedar, then moments later tobacco and dark chocolate come and go.
95 points, James Halliday (March 2017)
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.