One has come to expect wine with a deep and rich color from Paringa, and the 2004 Merlot is no exception: a brilliant, velvety garnet with more than a hint of purple to indicate its youth.
The nose is soft and shy at the moment, not surprising as the wine was only one year old and recently bottled when tasted. However, there is sufficient character on the nose to indicate not only its breeding, but also its future potential with hints of violet. The palate is balanced with a touch of oak and ripe tannins in the finish.
This is a wine that reflects its heritage, with excellent fruit from the Paringa vineyards, and skilled winemaking by Mike Farmilo leading to a Merlot that will develop into an even lovelier wine with 2 or 3 more years in bottle. Watching this wine develop and blossom over the next few years will be an experience on its own, so cellaring a few bottles is recommended.