Fruit for the 2020 Coonawarra Chardonnay 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.
91 points Steve Leszczynski
90 points James Suckling
Lively and aromatic with notes of summer stone fruits, and hints of brioche and toasted cashews. An elegant and structure palate showing bright stone fruits with hints of lemon blossom and apple. A touch of minerality, balanced acidity and a lovely creamy texture flow through to a balanced finish.
Fruit for the 2020 Coonawarra Chardonnay is sourced predominantly from our viticulturist Brett Williams vineyard located five minutes by tractor north of Parker Coonawarra Estate's Abbey vineyard. 2020 brought us fruit of exceptional quality, despite yields being low due to a cooler than usual spring, which then lead in to a long and difficult flowering period. Small bunches resulted in great flavour concentration and thankfully, the Coonawarra was unaffected by the bushfires that tore through the East Coast.
Picking occurred in March 2020 using a state-of-the-art Pellenc Selectiv Harvester which de-stems the grapes in the vineyard leaving only the beautiful berries. Following harvest, the fruit was pressed off skins straight away to minimise phenolic extraction.
Approximately 40% of the blend was barrel fermented in new French oak Barriques and Hogsheads to season the barrels for the Parker reds. Partial malolactic fermentation took place in barrel for approximately 4 months. During this process, the French barrels were stored in a cold room at two-degrees to extend the fermentation and enhance complexity in the finished wine. The remainder of the blend was fermented in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation to enhance freshness and vibrancy, before being combined with the oak portion to create our 2020 Coonawarra Chardonnay.