Paringa Estate "The Paringa" Pinot Noir 2009

It was interesting to taste a benchmark Mornington Peninsula producer’s (Paringa Estate) marque pinot noir with seven years of age on it.  “The Paringa” retails for around the $90 mark.  I tasted this wine blind, and in style, it resembled a new world pinot noir, and could easily have been a high quality example from Martinborough in New Zealand and it did not surprise at all to see it unveiled as from the Mornington Peninsula.  The pinot fruit is pure in expression, and the oak a little overt perhaps.  Its aromatics remind of cedar, dark cherry and leather.  The cherry characters became particularly sweet and pronounced with time in the glass.  The palate has a smoke and char character and is balanced with mid range length.  Enjoyable drinking if obvious in its charms at this point.

Rating: Good
Abv: 14%
Price: $90s
Source: sample
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Tasted: 2016

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