It’s no secret that the Paringa Estate vineyard, in the cool climate sub-region of Red Hill, is a very special site, with a unique microclimate.
North facing, on ten acres of rich, red, un-irrigated volcanic soil, it’s at an elevation of 140 meters. It curls around the slope like an amphitheater, sheltered and warm, protected from south and southwesterly winds.
The vineyard has a unique trellising system in a ‘U’ shape known as the ‘Lyre.’ The steel frame, which supports each vine, allows air to circulate, and sun to penetrate the canopy, which in a region with high disease pressure, helps produce high quality fruit.
Owner Lindsay McCall began planting the property in 1985. Whilst he has experimented with different varieties over the years, the estate vineyard is now planted with mature vines of pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay and pinot gris. He also leases five vineyards around the Mornington Peninsula planted with these varieties, and a few others. The Callanans Road Vineyard has a small riesling block, and the McCabe site, viognier. Lindsay recently took over the lease of the Hawkins Hill Vineyard, where he has planted two new pinot noir clones, 667 and Abel.
In 2015, Lindsay bought the property next door to plant more vines and expand the winery infrastructure. In spring 2016, the first Abel clone pin