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.
Magenta to black, a powerful, dark colour with youthful vibrance. Earth and cedar notes mingle with mulberry and raspberry notes and, with airing, violets. A concentrated and powerful wine with focussed cedary tannins swathed in supple fruit notes that range from red to black fruits. Without question, the most complex and deeply layered Chaumont for many years. Rich and powerful yet not heavy, showing supple and mouth-filling qualities that maintain a long presence on the palate. Destined to be a very long cellaring wine – 20 plus years.
Douglas Neal, Winemaker.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc matured for 12 months in French oak (60% new). While a little more assertive than the '15, the wine is well balanced and juicy, the tannins fine and in tune with the fruit. A really nice wine (and better than its winemaker gives it credit for).
95 points, Wine Companion
Fragrant and perfumed, with deep scents of liqueur cherries, dark chocolates and sweet floral scents backed by earthy, stony aspects. It's long and generous, with a sumptuous presence of dark cherries, plums and berries that give fatness and weight over a fine, dusty spine of drying, crunchy tannins. It extends long and faintly citrusy - thanks to a small proportion of stalks - but culminates in a savoury finish of length and drive.
95 points, JeremyOliver.com, May 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.