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February 2014

Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz - Wine of the week in The Age Epicure. Click here to view article.


December 2013

James Halliday's Eighth Wine of Christmas: Here's an outstanding wine to complete a traditional Christmas spread this season.

2012 Paradise IV The Dardel
Rating: 97   $52.50  
Drink by: 2030   Alc: 13.5%

Winemaker Doug Neal nailed this shiraz vintage. 50% destemmed, crushed; 30% whole berry; 20% whole bunch; wild ferment and mlf; 13 months in oak (20% new). The very small crop might have produced a muscular wine, this is all silk and velvet, starting with a fragrant spice and red fruit bouquet, moving fluidly onto a medium-bodied, elegant and supple palate with red and black fruits, some charcuterie nuances and just a hint of new oak.

November 2013

Jeremy Oliver: Paradise IV is now one of the most sought-after labels in Victoria. It sits at the cutting edge of where cool climate Victoria is destined to head - towards distinctive and unique expressions of special terroirs using a carefully chosen marriage of site, variety and philosophy.

Chardonnay 2012
...lightly meaty and funky with waxy complexity...intense core of grapefruit, lemon and stone fruit flavour that slowly extends towards a fine, crystalline, citrus and faintly mineral finish.
93 points

Chaumont 2012
...profoundly floral with a heady perfume of violets, cassis, briar, blueberries and black berries backed by dusty nuances of dried herbs, sweet cedar/vanilla oak...knits seamlessly with drying, powdery tannins and finishes with remarkable persistence and focus.
95 points

Bates' Ford  Shiraz 2011
...alluring musky, floral and spicy fragrance of black and red berries and cherries, violets and rose petals backed by perfumed oaky notes and a hint of plum...delivers both lusciousness and elegance, finishing with a wonderful balance and purity as well as some gamey, meaty complexity.
95 points

Dardel Shiraz 2012 - Top 5 Wines of the Year (5th)
Profoundly flavoured, gentle and savoury, this effortless young Rhone inspired shiraz reveals a deep, heady and exotically spiced bouquet of dark berries, cherries and plums laced with scents of violets, black pepper, kaffir lime and fragrant fine-grained oak...long and smooth...delivering an exceptional depth of wild, brambly fruit...with a persistent core of fruit and a mineral note.
97 points