Parker Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Since its first release in 1988, the name Parker Coonawarra has represented outstanding quality, longevity and elegance from the region. Based in the very southern end of the Terra Rossa strip, the wines have always embodied a fine, long-lived, classic style.
The 2021 Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from eight individual blocks in from our Parker Estate ‘Abbey’ vineyard in Southern Coonawarra. The unique microclimate within this part of the region produces an extended ripening period which tightens the tannin structure and increases the fruit density. Following harvest in mid-April, the parcels were fermented for 9 to 14 days with approximately 10% of the parcels undergoing further maceration time to develop flavour and cellaring potential. After malolactic fermentation the wine was barrelled down to approximately 40% new French oak, for an average of 12 months maturation.
Dark scarlet with purple hues. The aromas lead with dried herbs, wisps of sage. Bramble and blackcurrant, with some red fruit notes of pomegranate and cranberry. Hints of nutmeg and clove. Balanced and complex. The palate is intense and vibrant up front, leading with black fruits, sarsparilla and clove. Mid-palate is full and balanced with fine silky tannins and notes of mocha and umami.
Matured in French oak (40% new) for 12 months. There's good power here, good weight, with warm-hearted blackcurrant flavours as the drivers but with saltbush, garden mint and toasted cedar notes pushing through. It pushes ripeness without overstepping the mark to any serious degree, and it feels mouth-filling and confident throughout. - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, 93 Points.
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Cabernet Sauvignon
Country - Australia
Region - Coonawarra, South Australia
Vintage - 2021
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.5%