Wine: Parker Coonawarra Estate “Terra Rossa”
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
The Coonawarra region, the foremost most prominent and best region for our Australian Cabernet Grapes to grow. I have addressed the Coonawarra in previous posts, and here is another prolific wine from that region.
Parker Estate is well known for its production in Cabernet Sauvignon, this is their “Terra Rossa” edition of their Cabernet. It is priced in their mid range category. (Behind their First Growth and in front of their Coonawarra Series.)
Parker Estate primarily deals with red wines. Obviously Cabernet is their baby, but they do dabble in Merlot and Shiraz.
This 2012 vintage of their “Terra Rossa” shows quite a whopping aroma of blackcurrant and ripe cherry backed up with slight a slight vanilla essence. Hints of leather, and of course, oak spices.
On the palate, and there is plum intertwined with spice from the oak. It is rather earthy in its character and this transfers into the finish, with a mild tannin grip behind it. Dry in taste. More French in style.
The wine is still a bit young, but has potential to be a very decent wine in the future it portrays what the Coonawarra is all about. The wine is more similar to that of the classic French region of Bordeaux, not so much emphasis is put on the fruit. (Which we and the Americans love,) but it is more a resemblance to the “Terra Rossa” in which it is planted. Something the French thrive on. “Terrior” Thanks to the earthy, spice and leather aromas and taste.
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The SA Wine Guy