Each vintage, small parcels of unusually intense, high quality fruit are produced from some sub-sections of our Estate vineyard. These special components are vinified separately with great care, before becoming integral parts of the final blend of Parker Estate's First Growth - our flagship wine. From only the best vintages, certain parcels with exceptional character are presented separately as a limited release, to intrigue and delight under this simple label.
74.4% Cabernet Sauvignon / 25.6% Petit Verdot
The 95 Block sub-section of our Estate vineyard is located west of the cellars and is planted with Reynell Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. These vines (planted in 1995) are original cuttings from Bordeaux, brought to Coonawarra before they were lost to France during the Phylloxera epidemic in the late 1800's.
The 95 Block also has four rows of Petit Verdot, which was harvested and co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon following the exceptional 2016 vintage. Maturation took place in the finest French oak barriques for seventeen months before bottling in December 2017.
The Scarlett Block, situated on our estate 'Abbey' vineyard, is made up of 50 rows of Reynell Selection Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the early 2000s. These vines are original cuttings from Bordeaux, brought to Coonawarra before they were lost to France during the Phylloxera epidemic in the late 1800's.
The fruit from this block is of a consistent high-quality and as a result is generally earmarked for our flagship First Growth blend. Following the superb 2018 vintage the parcel from Scarlett Block stood out during the winemaking process and our winemakers subsequently decided to keep a portion separate to be bottled under its own label. As with it's 95 Block partner, the Scarlett Block Cabernet will only be made in particularly strong and vibrant vintages, where the conditions demand the block be handled separately.
'Small Batch Wine #3'
75% Coonawarra Cabernet / 25% Barossa Montepulciano
Each vintage our winemakers have the privilege of working with an incredible array of fruit from several premier regions across South Australia. While the majority of these parcels make their way into our range of wines, there are a few special barrels that are kept seperate, allowing them to experiement with various varietal, vineyard and regional combinations. These unique blends have come to be bottled under this simple label to be enjoyed exclusively by members of the Parker Coonawarra Estate cellar door.
S.B.W. #3 - Napoleon - is made up od 75% Coonawarra Cabernet and 25% Barossa Montepulciano. Named after Napoleon Bonaparte - whose Italian heritage and French birthright saw him become both emperor of France AND King of Italy; similarly the grape varieties in our S.B.W.#3 hail from both France (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Italy (Montepulciano).