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 seventh 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 2018, 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 second-fill French oak Barriques and Hogsheads for eight 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
The 2018 Coonawarra Series Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit sourced from three vineyards throughout Coonawarra. Majority comes from southern Coonawarra, including parcels form our estate ‘Abbey’ vineyard and also our viticulturist Brett Williams’ vineyard. Completing the blend is fruit from Tim Kidman’s property in northern Coonawarra.
Above average winter and spring rains led to good soil moisture, setting up the vineyards for a strong vintage. Late spring was warmer than average and January and February were dry which resulted in low disease pressure. A cool March allowed for extended ripening, leading to high quality grapes