2021 seemed about right to open this 2012 vintage of Paringa Estate’s Mornington Peninsula pinot noir. 2012 seems to have been an equable season in the region on the basis of this report from Winetitles media. Cellared since purchase, the wine has moved to a red brick colour and has swirling and misty aromatics of red fruits and autumn leaves. The palate is medium to full bodied, the acidity between medium and high and the impression balanced. The oak is fully integrated and the length soft through the finish. In terms of pinot noir styles, this wine is more red fruited and modestly fragrant, rather than tannic (I did not observe much tannin) or minerally. The alcohol is 13.5. Overall, this pinot noir is fully mature at 9 years since vintage and is enjoyable drinking. Rating: Good to Very Good. Website: Producer; Vivino; Wine Searcher. Reviewed: October 2021.