Paradise IV Blanche, Geelong
Paradise IV Blanche is a masterful blend by winemaker Doug Neal. It is majority Chardonnay, with Viognier and a touch of Sauvignon Blanc for acidity. The result is an intense and complex white, full-to-brimming with juicy peach, sweet apricot, and lime. The texture is surprisingly full and edifying, with a long, satisfying finish.
The wines of Paradise IV 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.
"Heady, spicy and floral, its meaty, rather funky bouquet of peach, melon and creamy, nutty complexity precedes a soft, luscious palate whose smooth, juicy expression of yellow peach, lime and apricot overlies a fine powdery grip and culminates in a mouth-watering acidity. It rolls long and savoury down the palate, finishing with meaty richness and a finely balanced acidity that keeps it tidily in shape."
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.