Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Coonawarra South Australia
Parker Estate was built from the ground up in the right way, with the intention of producing precisely this style of wine. Established in 1985 by an old hand within the industry, quality winemaking was the only priority and commercial constraints played no part in the development. A mostly Cabernet wine with small portions of Merlot and Petit Verdot, grown to an exceptional site, ranking as one of South Australia's finest. The fruit is characterised by very dark colours, super ripe flavours, excellent complexity with good alcohol, density and structure.
Vinified from fruit picked off fully mature vines which produce a limited yield of 1½ tonnes/ acre, planted to the Parker Estate's Terra rossa over limestone Coonawarra property. Integral to the style and quality of the finished wine are unique soils and mesoclimes, so favourable to the noble cepage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Following a warm fermentation, a little over half the grapes are treated to a long maceration of thirty days, the balance receive a shorter ten day maceration. Parcels are matured in a combination of new and prior use 228 litre French oak barriques for twenty two months. The final wine is assembled and returned to oak before an egg white fining and bottling.
Deep red tint. Intense deep dark fruit with some dark chocolate, prunes and charry vanillan and cofee oak aromas. The palate is rich and dense with a solid core of dark fruit running along the entire length. Impressively dense and solid structure, but also showing some faint leafy Cabernet notes typical of southern Coonawarra vineyards. To be decanted before service and savoured alongside the finest meats.