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The Paradise IV vineyard site is 2.5 hectares and the varieties grown are Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Paradise IV vintage is always much later than other vineyards in the region because the site is cooled most summer evenings by south-easterly sea breezes channelling up the Moorabool Valley. This factor allows flavour development to occur slowly which is very favourable.

We pick our chardonnay in late March and our reds in April. Fruit reaching optimal flavour at lower baumes is one of the hallmarks of this site. This enables us to make wines with more traditional alcohol levels (12.5 - 13.5).

The wines have intensity, perfume and balance giving them a more European style. The vineyard is low cropped and all fruit is hand picked. Traditional winemaking techniques are employed with natural ferments and natural malolactic being an integral element of the style and character of the wines. High quality French oak barrels are selected for use but the style has always seen the oak disappear into the wines, never dominating them.


J. H. Dardel 2016

A strong magenta hue: elevated by wild berries, red and black; as it opens cracked black pepper and graphite notes come to the fore. The palate is smooth, silky and spicy with a taut fruit profile powered by fine, savoury tannins that add depth and structure. A textural wine that is balanced and flows effortlessly on the palate. A darker more brooding wine reflecting the vintage. The 2015 was floral and feminine; the 2016 is mineral and layered with dark berries and plum fruit providing flesh to the structural bones. Certainly a wine that will age well over the next 10 - 15 years.



Chaumont 2016

Magenta to black, a powerful dark colour with youthful vibrance. Earth and cedar notes mingle with mulberry and raspberry notes, and with airing, violets. A concentrated and powerful wine with focused cedary tannins swathed in supple fruit notes that range from red to black fruits. Without question, the most complex and deeply layered Chaumont for many years. Rich and powerful yet not heavy, showing supple and mouth filling qualities that maintain a long presence on the palate. Destined to be a very long cellaring wine - 20 plus years.



Paradise IV Chardonnay 2016

Strong hue of green and white gold: meal, white peach enhanced by a perfume of white flowers, and as it opens with breathing, grilled nuts, lemon curd and subtle reductive notes. A powerful wine with texture and roundness on the palate. The oak is hidden, lapped up by the fruit: an ever-changing patina of white peach, lemon and grapefruit pith seasoned with a spicy orange peel character lingers on the palate. This is really an essay in letting go, a wine that has been allowed to follow its own destiny. The lowest alcohol of our chardonnays at 12.7, it was bottled with minimal winemaking input to show the beauty and power of the Paradise IV Vineyard.



Paradise IV Blanche 2016

Pale lemon with a green tinge; initially aromatic notes of rose water with a spicy cashew nut note. Hints of apricot and crme brulee follow as the wine opens up. The palate is rich and round with a creamy element; the fruit is more in the yellow peach and apricot mould showing generosity of flavour. A bit of a chameleon as this wine continues to evolve over hours of breathing, becoming tighter and more savoury. Reflecting back on the popular 2013 Blanche, (six different white varieties) the 2016 version I believe, is superior in its complexity and length. A blend of Chardonnay 86%, Viognier 12% and 2% Sauvignon Blanc. Approachable and ready to drink now, it will nonetheless age well over the short term. Only 50 dozen made.


2015 Chaumont

2015 Chaumont

We are especially proud of the 2015 Chaumont. The conditions leading up to harvest were ideal, and the fruit was harvested in prime condition. It almost made itself.
Hue of blood magenta. Deep and full to the meniscus.
Mulberry and raspberry fruit: typically cabernet with dried bay leaf, tobacco, cedar notes and hint of violets.
Rich and rolling with savoury, silky tannins running through the wine. The flavour spectrum is red berry fruit with a finely tuned acidity bringing great freshness and nerve to the wine. The wine has a rich texture with all the elements of fruit, oak, tannin and acidity in balance. A long lingering finish - the hallmarks of its finesse and complexity.
Destined to live a long time, this wine is without question the most complete Chaumont we have made to date. It will age gracefully over the next 10 - 20 years developing even more complex secondary and tertiary characters with time. Like past Chaumonts, the best way to enjoy this wine in its youth is to decant a few hours beforehand.