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 and Chardonnay are 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 Chardonnay
Fruit for the 2016 Coonawarra Series is predominately from the Williams Vineyard located approximately 5 minutes, by tractor, north of Parker Coonawarra Estate's Abbey vineyard, with the balance sourced from a single vineyard on V&A Lane.
A dry winter and warm spring in 2015 led to an early '16 vintage in Coonawarra with all fruit being crushed by March 31st. Following harvest the fruit was pressed off skins straight away before a third of the blend was transferred to new French oak Barriques. 33% of these barrels went through malolactic fermentation before the alcohol ferment to tighten the structure of the wine and add complexity.
The remainder of the blend was fermented in stainless steel tanks to enhance freshness and vibrancy, before being blended with the oak portion to create the 2016 Coonawarra Series Chardonnay.
Coonawarra Series Shiraz
This is the fifth 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 2016, the grapes were fermented in both closed and open static fermenters, with fruit remaining on skins for 8 - 10 days to increase flavour, tannin and colour extraction.
Maturation took place in second and third fill French oak Hogsheads for the duration of 16 months while 10% of this portion was treated to new French oak to increase structure and the potential for aging.
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 at optimum ripeness following an exceptional growing season in 2016. 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.