Parker Coonawarra Estate - Portfolio
Parker Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Parker Coonawarra Estate 'Terra Rossa' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012/4
Parker Coonawarra Estate '95 Block' 2012
Parker Coonawarra Estate 'First Growth' 2010
More recently introduced, the Coonawarra Series from Parker Estate represented a logical extension to the long established Terra Rossa and First Growth labels. The Shiraz is made from fruit grown on the Gartner vineyards at the northern end of Coonawarra’s famous cigar strip of Terra Rossa soil. Whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are grown on the Williams vineyard, only a short five minute tractor ride north of the Parker Estate Abbey vineyard.
The Coonawarra Series wines have a generous and approachable flavour profile in their youth, yet like all Parker wines, retain the ability to age with careful cellaring.
The Coonawarra Series Cabernet Sauvignon is a youthful and stylish wine with generous, mouthfilling fruit flavours encompassing a classic structure.
The marriage of Coonawarra’s Terra Rossa over limestone soils with varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, has produced some of Australia’s greatest and longest living wines. Wines released under the ‘Terra Rossa’ classification, are made from fruit that is grown exclusively on the rich red soils at the southern end of Coonawarra. The micro-climate at this location results in an extended ripening period for the grapes, and imparts unique qualities in this range of wines. The combination of these elements, produces wines with wonderful fruit expression, elegance in structure, complexity and excellent cellaring potential.
The Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon reflects our stylistic approach to creating exceptionally balanced, fruitful and structured wines from the rich soils of the region.
Small parcels of unusually intense, high quality fruit are produced from the sub-sections of Parker's Estate vineyard each vintage. These special components are vinified separately with great care, before becoming integral components of our flagship wine, Parker Estate First Growth. From only the best vintages, certain parcels with exceptional character are released separately to intrigue and delight under this simple label.
The 95 Block sub-section of Parker's Estate vineyard is located west of the cellars and is planted with Reynell clone Cabernet Sauvignon. These vines are original cuttings from Bordeaux, brought to Coonawarra before they were lost to France in the late 1800’s. The 95 Block also has a small section of Petit Verdot, which was harvested and co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon following the exceptional 2012 vintage. Maturation took place in the finest French oak barriques for 21 months before bottling in March 2014.
Since the release of the inaugural 1988 vintage, First Growth has set a benchmark for superior wine quality in the Coonawarra region. It is a wine made without compromise, using only the very best viticulture and winemaking practices.
First Growth is only produced when the growing season produces exceptional fruit quality, and when a particular vintage is deemed to have ageing potential beyond 15 years.
First Growth is traditionally made from predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from our Abbey vineyard, with some vintages containing a small portion of Merlot and/or Petit Verdot. It is a wine that proudly reflects the sub-region it is grown in and is humbled by critical reviews including Langton’s ‘Excellent’ Classification V and unfailing benchmark scores from international wine critics.