The marriage of Coonawarra's Terra Rossa over limestone soils with Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, has produced some of Australia's greatest and longest living wines. Wines released under the 'Terra Rossa' classification, are made from fruit that is grown exclusively on the rich red soils found in our vineyards at the southern end of Coonawarra.
The micro-climate in this location provides an extended ripening period for the grapes, which imparts unique qualities in this range of wines. The combination of these elements, produces 'Terra Rossa' wines with wonderful fruit expression, elegance in structure, complexity and excellent cellaring potential.
Terra Rossa Merlot
Planted in 1985, the 1.5-hectare ‘Terry’ sub-section of Parker Coonawarra Estate’s Abbey vineyard has again grown fruit that showcases the potential of Coonawarra Merlot. These twenty-seven year old vines are consistently low yielding, producing fruit with piercing flavours and considerable depth.
The Merlot was held on skins for nine days for fermentation, prior to pressing and filling to fine-grained French oak barriques, (30% new, 70% second-fill), for a total of twenty months barrel maturation.
"Fine and lithe attack; piquant red fruits and touch of fresh earth, milk chocolate, supported by fine chalky tannins"
Terra Rossa Shiraz
Terra Rossa Shiraz is made exclusively from mature Shiraz vines grown in the rich red-over-limestone soils of Coonawarra’s terra rossa strip.
To enhance integration, ageing potential and overall aromatics the blend was open top fermented. Majority of the blend also completed malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks - to promote colour and vibrancy - before being transferred to barrel. Élevage was carried out in majority second-fill (93%) French oak Barriques and Hogsheads for sixteen months.
2016 was an optimal Shiraz vintage, resulting in a wine with great intensity of ripe, dark fruit with impressive structure for cellaring.
"Dark brooding fruits; considerable intensity of dark plum, mulberry, dark chocolate, fine briary and supportive tannin structure"
Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon
Our Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a total of nine separate and unique Cabernet Sauvignon blocks on our Parker Estate ‘Abbey’ vineyard in Coonawarra. The 2016 vintage began early with most blocks being picked two weeks ahead of last year thanks to a warmer than usual spring previous.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases all the hallmarks of an optimal growing season: rich, ripe and generous. A portion of the wine spent a prolonged time on skins (thirty days) to ensure extended aging potential.
Maturation took place in majority second-fill (94%) French oak Barriques and Hogsheads for fourteen months, before final blending and bottling. A classic Coonawarra Cabernet from a strong vintage.
"Beautiful expression of Coonawarra Cabernet in a strong year. Powerful fruit drive and ripe Cabernet flavours with fine supportive chalky tannins. Regal and powerful, yet elegant structurally"