The Coonawarra Series represents a logical extension to the long established Terra Rossa and First Growth labels. The Shiraz is made from fruit grown at the northern end of Coonawarra’s famous cigar strip of Terra Rossa soil. Whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced predominantly from the Williams vineyard in Southern Coonawarra, only a short five minute tractor ride from 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.
Coonawarra Series Shiraz
This is the sixth vintage of our Coonawarra Series Shiraz, and unlike its Cabernet Sauvignon sibling, this wine is sourced from fruit grown on the red soils in the earlier-ripening northern part of Coonawarra. Following harvest, in March 2017, the grapes were fermented in closed static fermenters, with fruit remaining on skins for 8 - 10 days to increase flavour, tannin and colour extraction.
Maturation took place in 25% second-fill French oak Barriques and Hogsheads for six months maturation before bottling.
The Coonawarra Series Shiraz is made in a ripe and generous style with elegance and spicy varietal characteristics, typical of this cool climate region.
Coonawarra Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Made from fruit grown on the Williams family vineyard in Southern Coonawarra - located just behind the Parker Cellar Door - the grapes were picked later than usual following a slightly cooler and wetter growing season in 2017. Fermentation took place in static fermenters before maturation in French oak followed by final blending and bottling.
The Coonawarra Series Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a ripe and generous style, yet with enough restraint to display distinct varietal and regional characteristics.