Jacques Lurton of the famous Lurton Bordeaux family gave the Parawa Comte de Fleurieu 2010 a perfect score in a blind judging of Cabernets.
Here were his other blind judging ratings;
Parawa Estate Comte de Fleurieu Premier Reserve 2010 – 20/20
Chateau Haut Brion Premier Grand Cru Classe 2011- 19/20
Chateau Latour Premier Grand Cru Classe 2011 - 18/20
Chateau Les Forts de Latour 2011- 15/20 (Brett)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Grand Cru Classe 2012 - 13/20 (very bad Brett)
Jacques was shocked that it was not French. He is taking the wine to France in May to share with his senior winemaker friends in France which should cause considerable discussion. We can now add this to some rave reviews following a recent visit to Hong Kong.
Senior Wine Educator & Cellar Manager, The Flying Winemaker HK
"An extremely elegant wine that breaks the norm of what one expects from such a varietal coming from Australia. Great contrast of Old World elegance and New Word Pizzazz. Luscious ripe plum and blueberries open up a wonderful aromatic nuance with underlying tones of flint, vanilla and subtle oak spice. Beautifully balanced palate with wonderful, firm tannins that give great structure to compliment the juicy dark fruits that make this wine so well rounded and elegant from start to finish"
"A beautiful expression of a classic New World Bordeaux Styled Blend that if tasted blind, will leave many people stunned at how good of a Bordeaux Style one can expect. An array of lovely earthiness such as moss, undergrowth, scrubland and sandalwood accompanied by sweet red fruits are all typical of this classic styled wine which is beyond the expectations of anyone. Great acidity, balanced tannin and wonderful toasty oak imparted flavours with the natural black cherry and cassis fruit make for one outstanding wine."
Wine Writer & Senior Wine Judge, Japan & Korea Wine Shows
"This is a wine that contrasts with the more typical Australian Shirazes, hence the varietal description as Syrah. It certainly has substantial structure and a firm palate impression, but with a restraint that imparts elegance. Bright plum and berry aromas, with chalky overtones, are given more complexity with delicate maturation in obviously expensive oak, imparting gentle vanilla tones to the fruit. The palate is also elegant and restrained with a soft fruit statement at the front, opening up with more intensity as it travels across the palate, with a firm and clean finish with lots of expression and good length. Although the alcohol is 14% there is no loss of flavour on the finish. It is a wine with more to reveal as it ages, but is drinking very well now."
"The bright and clear ruby colour evokes Bordeaux, rather than the New World; as do the aromas – restrained red berries, touches of forest floor, with a subtle toasty overtone. The initial palate impression is of delicate, clean berry fruit, then it gathers more intensity as it travels across the palate with layers of flavours opening up. Crisp natural acidity and clean tannins combine to give the wine length and pleasing re-tastes, notwithstanding a relatively high alcohol of almost 14%. It is a classic style and, with this structure, the wine will develop and open up over 5 to 10 years."
The Wine Review & Chinese Bordeaux Wine Guide
"It is, I believe, no coincidence that the Fleurieu Peninsula is capable of producing red Bordeaux blends worthy of serious international consideration because it is named for the French explorer and hydrographer Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu. Claret, as we all know, is the English nickname for red Bordeaux. Located within the Fleurieu Peninsula (some 90 kilometres south of Adelaide) Parawa is reputed to be the coldest district in South Australia during summer. Parawa Estate has another advantage in that their vineyards are below the Parawa Hills and, as a result, are shielded from extremes of temperature. The ripeness and maturity of the grapes is gradual, drawn out and better able to achieve full phenolic expression. Parawa Estate Comte de Fleurieu 2010 is comprised of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 17% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. The sweetness of ripened fruit is intense and rich but elegantly restrained by a roundness of freshness. The deep blueberry fruit has a liquorice aspect which adds to the complexity. The balance between fruit, vivacity and ripe, rich tannins is expertly, sensitively struck. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon blend will hold its place – and poise – in a flightof Médoc Classified Growths."