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Paringa Shiraz 2020


This wine has a dark crimson color with a garnet hue. The nose offers an intense, fresh bouquet of rich dark berry fruit, carraway seed, cedar and spice with subtle integrated French Oak notes. The bold palate is characteristic of South Australian Shiraz with flavors of black cherries, plum, mulberry and quince along with dark chocolate and cocoa powder. The fine-grain tannins and natural acid support the flavors on a long finish.

Wine Facts

VINIFICATION: After harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and fermented for 14-21 days on the skins. The wine was matured in French oak (15% new) for 18 months before bottling.

FAMILY: The Hickinbothams have been proud contributors to the Australian wine industry for over 87 years and over four generations. In 1936, Alan Robb (“Hick”) Hickinbotham helped establish the highly respected winemaking course at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia where he taught young, upcoming winemakers and subsequent industry leaders and is now regarded as the father of Australian professional winemaking education.

David's father, Alan and David Hickinbotham began growing grapes in 1971 in South Australia. They established the Paringa brand in 1999. The name “Paringa” reflects a partnership with nature; it derives from the local Aboriginal language for “place at the river”. Farming one of the driest continents on earth, water and rivers have always been a major player in the vineyards. The River Murray is to Australia what the Mississippi is to America, and the Rhine is to Europe. They went on to establish the 3 Rings brand in 2004 to showcase Shiraz and the Barossa Valley.

The current custodians of the family’s wine heritage are father and son, David and Alan with the support of Alan’s wife Louise and son Leo. David, Hick’s grandson, has looked after the winemaking and management from the onset, and Alan Robb (great-grandson of his namesake and David’s son) looks after all the production, grape growing and buying and manages sales and marketing. Dena, David’s late wife and Alan’s mother, played an integral role in the winery’s foundation and is greatly missed. Their state, South Australia, is the historic heart of Australian wine and home to some of the most famous regions and the oldest vines in the country.

Producer: Paringa
Region: South Australia
Country: Australia
Wine Composition: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.45 G/L
Residual Sugar: 1.1 G/L
pH: 3.65

Press Highlights

2020: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Jan 2024
2020: 91 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Mar 2024
2019: 'One of the Year's Best for $12 or Less' - Wine & Spirits, Dec 2021
2019: 90 Pts 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2021
2017: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Sept 2020
2016: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2019
2015: #8 BEST BUY on Top 100 of 2017 – Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2017
2015: 90 Pts 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, June 2017
2015: 'Best Value' - Wine Spectator, Apr 2017
2013: 89 Pts 'Best Values' - Wine Spectator, June 2014
2012: Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013
2011: 'Daily Wine Pick' - Wine Spectator, Online, June 2013

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