2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
As with previous vintages our Coonawarra Series Cabernet is made up from fruit sourced predominantly from our vitculturalist Brett Williams’ vineyard located on the railway line just north of the Parker Estate Cellars. Several parcels have also come from our estate ‘Abbey’ vineyard to complete the blend.
Another mild summer and consequent long-vintage has produced an elegant Cabernet from the 2016 season. Bright fruit, excellent varietal definition and intense colour has been recorded. A strong tannin vintage indicates wines which will continue to improve for the long term.
100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES 18/19 - MATTHEW JUKES
Parker’s renaissance as a premium Aussie Cabernet producer is complete. My featured estate wine is very good indeed with superbly fresh, bright, cassis and mulberry fruit leading the way and it is perfectly balanced throughout. The finish is honed and refreshing but not overly tannic or dry which is incredible bearing in mind its youth. I sense that an awful lot of the following wine wells in the core of the Estate cuvée and this gives it a degree of flair and integrity rarely found in fifteen quid wines.
90 POINTS - GARY WALSH
Good regional flavour, a bit of firm tannin, fairly balanced acidity, and a decent finish. Mixed berries, a little tobacco and cedar, nougat, a slight gum leaf perfume. I like that it has tannin and carry on the finish, and feels like it’s made to be enjoyed by people who like a bit of structure in their wine, even in one that’s made to be approachable young. Nice one.
90 POINTS - STEVE LESZCZYNSKI
Terrific buying for Cabernet fans here... All the Cabernet boxes are ticked. Juicy fruit is rolled out with soft feels. Black berries and fruits are the pleasers here. Some cigar box nuances and blue fruits sneak in. A consistent performer and a no brainer if looking for a reliable Cabernet. Drink now to five years.
90 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is pleasantly herbal and berry-ish, balanced, and it's fresh and attractive in the mouth with pleasant mulberry and raspberry flavours, soft tannins and a little astringency, but the mouth-feel is good and the wine is balanced and appealing.
2015 COONAWARRA SERIES CABERNET REVIEWS
93 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2018
This has come together well with its offerings of ripe blackberry and damson plums, wafts of warm earth, iodine, mint and black olives. The palate shows a lot of restraint and freshness, fuller bodied not big though with determined tannins. A solid performer not just a backup singer.
94 POINTS - TONY KEYS
Clean cabernet nose of blackcurrant and slight green leaf, flows across the palate in a measured way but not missing any pleasure points on the journey. The finish is just a tad short but no issue, its good Coonawarra cabernet and a remarkable price $24, 94 points
94+ POINTS - KIM BREBACH
The winery is now part of the Hesketh stable, and the wine is made by Phil Lehmann. The website says 2014 (but is most likely behind), and that wine scored 93 points with me; the 2015 is even better, with pine forest and mint / eucalypt notes adding to the mix of ripe dark berries. It’s a long and polished wine with a degree of finesse despite its 14.5%
90 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Deepish, youthful red/purple hue and a simpler but very pure, fruit-driven cabernet aroma of mulberry, violets and blueberry. It's the same on the tongue: good but a tad straightforward and the tannins a little sappy. A bright, varietal, fruit-driven cabernet.