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Parker Coonawarra Estate

www.parkercoonawarraestate.com.au

Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, 5263

Cellar Door: Daily (10 - 4)

Ph: (08) 8737 3525

cellar door
Parker Coonawarra Estate cellar door and winter vines (photo:genxywines)
Parker label

The Parker Estate Vineyard, situated at the southern end of Coonawarra, was established by former Hungerford Hill (Hunter Valley) owner John Parker in 1985 with Cabernet Sauvignon as the predominant variety alongside minor plantings of Merlot and Petit Verdot.

The estate was a joint venture between the Parker family and media magnate John Fairfax. Since 2004 it has become part of the Rathbone family grop of wineries.

The wine-making is contracted out to Pete Bissell at Balnaves. The premium reds are intense, briary and tannic long cellaring wines. The super-premium First Growth is a Langton's classified wine.

Water is used very sparingly and none is used prior to flowering in order to reduce berry size.

The modern cellar door features art exhibitions throughout the year.

A second label, Favourite Son, has been established for the Shiraz and Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, powerful and glossy cassis  and dark plums with bright mint and violet. some tobacco and bay leaf, deep set, generous and earthy with graphite minerality, grainy tannins and chary cedar/vanilla oak (****1/2)  

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Merlot 2014

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, better depth than the 2013, plum, mulberry and blueberry with mint and black olive notes, medium-full bodied with some graphite minerality, dusty tannins and charry cedar/vanilla/milk chocolate oak (***1/2)

Parker Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink:  2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  glossy and essence cassis and dark plum with seaweed, violet, cigar box and bay leaf notes, deep set and sour edged and earthy palate with graphite minerality firm grainy tannins and chary cedar/vanilla oak (****)

Parker Coonawarra Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink:2023  

(GXY) Tasting:  Dec 2015, fragrant, silky and viscous plum and mulberry with white pepper and violet notes, medium bodied with chary chocolate/cedar oak and grainy tannins (****)

Parker Coonawarra Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting:  Dec 2015, 65% malo, floral white peach and melon with some mealy and mineral complexity, toasty almond/vanilla oak and crunchy grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Merlot 2013

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting:  Dec 2015, smooth mulberry, sour cherry and plumcake with violet, mint and black olive notes, palate is bit forward and lacks customary depth, firm dusty tannins with milk chocolate and char on the oaky finish (***)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, in the usual firm and powerful extracted style showing dusty cassis and dark plums with seaweed, mint, violet and olive notes, earthy and medium-full bodied with graphite minerality, finishes with spicy vanilla/cedar oak, firm acidity and chewy grainy tannins (****1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, there’s 7.5% Merlot and 2.5% Petit Verdot in the mix, powerful cassis and dark plums with mint, peppery spice, seaweed, leather and violet notes, expressive graphite minerality, long and build intensity down the palate, firmish powdery tannins, very good regional expression albeit in a firm, longer cellaring style (*****)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, this has 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, perfumed and fleshy dark plums and mulberry with seaweed, mint and anise notes, evenly ripened and medium-full bodied with firmish dusty tannins, good acidity and creamy/spicy French oak (****)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2012, for the first time there is  a 7% Petit Verdot addition, briary and rather firm and extractive , intense cassis, plum and redcurrant with menthol, liquorice, seaweed and dried herbs, dusty with spicy coffee-cedar oak, firm gritty tannins (****)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2012, firm and slightly raisened cassis and plum with white pepper, leather and seaweed notes, minerally medium-full bodied palate, firm chewy tannins with overt mocha/cedar/cigar box oak (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, a series of severe spring frosts reduced the yield and delayed the vintage by a month, there is no First Growth super-premium from 2007 so this includes the declassified fruit, intense and briary cassis and plum with white pepper, bay leaf and seaweed notes, plump entry leads to a minerally medium-full bodied palate, firm chewy tannins with overt mocha-cedar/cigar box oak (****)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Favourite Son Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, bright lemon, melon and peach with some lees and minerally complexity, persistent tangy grapefruit acidity with toasty almond-vanilla oak, whole bunch pressing bring some fine phenolic texture to the finish (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, a firm and extremely briary wine that has polarised wine writers, intense cassis and mulberry with menthol and dried herbs, minerally multi-layered core of heavily extracted fruit, spicy coffee-cedar oak, firm gritty tannins, certainly this is meant to be a very long cellaring wine, the only question is how some uneven ripeness will pan out in the long term (****1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, lively, intense and briary cassis and blackberry with a dusting of dried herbs and mint, only slightly less extractive and minerally than the First Growth, savoury mid-palate, gritty tannins although more open knit than the First Growth, spicy coffee-cedar oak, needs a long time in the cellar (****1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, spicy black cherry, mulberry and prune with a touch of plum cake, menthol, anise and tightly packed black spices, anise, earthy and medium bodied with cedary French oak, has some elegance but has a green, slightly under-ripe feel to me (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, there is a 9% Merlot, a big step up from the 2004 vintage which suffered from the negative features of a very long hang time, this time the fruit was picked at a more conventional time of early April, ripe cassis and mulberry with violet and mint notes, the palate shows some tarry and roast meat nuances, a firm extract with spicy coffee-cedar oak and a streak of minerality, really needs time but this vintage will reward the wait (****)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, there is a 12% Cabernet Sauvignon input, perfumed, ripe and generous plum, raspbery and black cherry with fruitcake and anise nuances, lifted range of brown and black spices, earthy, charry cedar and vanilla oak with a dob of mocha-chocolate (****)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, there are small Merlot and Petit Verdot inputs, dense, extractive and meaty showing rather ripe blackcurrant with violet, mint and prune nuances, the palate becomes more savoury on the mid-palate with a slight spicy lift, the finish shows fine and tightly knit tannins and hazelnut-balanced chocolate oak (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, ripe and vibrant blackberry and cherry with mint, hazelnut and dark chocolate features, earthy and medium-full bodied palate with underlying savouriness, tightly knit but silky tannins, none of the dead fruit characters of the 2003 vintage (****)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, ripe blackcurrant, plum and redcurrant with violet and black olive features, medium bodied with rich mid-palate spices, cigar box aspects with the quality French oak, good length (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, ripe nose showing blackberry with vanilla, leather and spice features, sweet dark fruit with lots of mint, cedary-vanilla oak but some pruney dead fruit features, firm tannic backbone, needs a couple of years at least to integrate but the fruit won't hold much longer than this (***1/2)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa Merlot 2002

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, lighter style with cassis and confectionary flavours, charry, sweet vanilla from new French oak with some chocolate and prune features evident later on (***)

Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa First Growth 2004

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, the cool season meant that the fruit was left to hang on the vines until late May blackcurrant with some violet features, austere palate has some pruney features and less depth than usual, fairly grippy tannins, Peter Bissell's good wine craft with the toasty vanilla-cedar oak and liquorice makes up a bit for the fruit set but I didn't get a lot of joy out of this one (***)

Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

(W) : Complex fruit characters of black olive, prune notes, combined with sweet earth and truffle notes, palate shows dense dark fruit flavours of cedar, prune, cassis, liquorice, powerful tannins

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton($32)

Drink: 2012

Tasting: Not Reviewed Yet