Paringa Estate (Mornington Peninsula) – The Paringa ’04 “Estate” Pinot Noir was my favourite wine at the Pinot Master-class, so I was looking forward to trying the rest of the wines. I was disappointed to miss trying the “Reserve” wines, but all the same, there are some good wines coming out from this maker at the medium level of their range.

“Estate” Shiraz 2003 – Fairly intense cool climate style. Plums, herbs, spice and oak that only appears in the background. The wine needs a bit of time for the palate to develop some complexity. 88/100

“Estate” Pinot Noir 2003 – Stalks, cherry and some sappiness. It doesn’t have the class or length of the 2004 version of this wine. 87/100

“Peninsula” Pinot Noir 2005 – Cherry, stalks, some undergrowth. No great persistence of flavours, but a decent effort for the price-point. 87/100

“Peninsula” Shiraz 2004 – Stalky, peppery and some green herby aromas. Palate was lacklustre. 85/100

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