Parker Coonawarra Estate (Coonawarra)
❁ Parker Coonawarra Estate (Coonawarra) www.parkercoonawarraestate.com.au
Hesketh family Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA 5263
Tel: 08 8737 3525 Fax: 08 8737 3527
This singular Coonawarra estate established by John Parker in 1985 produced some great wines during the 1990s, but only very recently added its own winemaking facility. The wines are made by Peter Lehmann . The focus of production is a single premium wine only made in top vintages – a Bordeaux-like approach that is also reflected in the provocative name, Terra Rossa First Growth. In other years (unlike Médoc classed growths) only the second wine, Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon, is released. First Growth is based on Cabernet Sauvignon but also includes Merlot and Cabernet Franc and is aged in 100% new French oak. It is fully ripe and concentrated, if at times a little oaky, with an intense pure fruit core wed to ripe but powerful, textured tannins – it takes the best part of a decade to unfurl. The second wine, which is now aged exclusively in French oak, has recently been only a shade behind, nudging 4 stars. A Merlot is also made but is only available in very small quantities direct from the winery. Entry level wines under the Coonawarra Series label include a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Shiraz.
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