This week’s SMH wine of the week is the Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2008. Huon Hooke writes:
One of the Mornington Peninsula’s stars, Paringa Estate, makes outstanding pinot at three levels. This is the cheapest and the only one not made solely from Lindsay McCall’s estate-grown grapes. I can’t recall a better vintage. The restrained nose has sweet red-and black-cherry aromas, oak is relatively low-key and the finish carries some firmness from well judged tannin. It’s a smidgen leaner and more angular than the Estate pinots but it’s a lovely drink at a more than reasonable price. The fruit ripeness is excellent and with this kind of structure it will age well fro several years. Drink now to five years-plus. 90/100
Food – Grilled lamb shops; veal saltimbocca; vitello tonnato; milder cheeses, from asiago to ripe brie.