One of the top estates in Australia, let alone Coonawarra … – Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food Wine.
For over a quarter of a century, Parker Estate has achieved numerous wine show medals, trophies and accolades, including the much coveted 5-star rating by James Halliday in his 2016 Wine Companion.
Parker Coonawarra Estate’s ‘Abbey’ vineyard is located on the highly regarded southern end of Coonawarra’s famed ‘cigar strip’ of terra rossa soil. The 20Ha vineyard is Cabernet Sauvignon predominant, with small pockets of Merlot and Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon is planted to Reynella vine selection; original cuttings from Bordeaux, sourced before Phylloxera decimated the vineyards throughout France in the late 1800’s.
Coonawarra’s terra rossa strip of soil is one of the most renowned growing locations of the New World, and the oldest of the Limestone Coast soils. Comprised largely of rich aolian clay over limestone, these infamous red soils are most notable for their free draining ability and success growing the resilient Cabernet Sauvignon grape.
Parker Coonawarra Estate’s winemaking philosophy pays complete respect to these unique soils, as well as the quality and age of the vines, producing wines that maximize the full potential of this spectacular growing location.