Paradise IV Chardonnay, GeelongT
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.
"Scented with a wild, spicy perfume of yellow peach, dried flowers, charcuterie meats and orange blossom, this supple, creamy chardonnay effortlessly delivers a sumptuous but elegant and evenly paced palate of peach, grilled nuts and charcuterie meats backed by nuances of lime and ginger. It’s underpinned by a fine, powdery texture and is brightly wrapped in a gentle but lively acidity. Long and charming, it’s a wine of genuine complexity and sophistication."
Medium to full yellow colour with a buttery, toasty, nougat bouquet that is forward and overt in keeping with the colour. It's full, rounded, soft and bosomy. Some rancid butter notes. The wine is fat and rounded, rich and full-bodied, showing butterscotch malolactic notes that take us straight to California. A superb example of the full-throttle chardonnay style. It's an echo of winemaker Doug Neal's alma mater, Giaconda.
95 points, The Real Review (March 2020)
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.