Parker Estate First Growth 1999
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Arguably Coonawarra’s finest Cabernet. A fantastic vintage in Coonawarra, this wine is a true gem.
**At a recent Parker Cabernet back vintage tasting the 1999 was drinking beautifully **
First Growth is only produced when the growing season produces exceptional fruit quality, and when a particular vintage is deemed to have ageing potential beyond 15 years.
Traditionally, First Growth is predominantly made using Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from Parker’s Abbey vineyard, with some vintages containing a small portion of Merlot and/or Petit Verdot. It is a wine that proudly reflects the sub-region it is grown in. It is included in Langton’s ‘Excellent’ Classification V, a 5-star winery rating from James Halliday and unfailing benchmark scores from international wine critics.
“Established by the Late John Parker in 1985, Parker Coonawarra Estate is owned by Doug and Anne Rathbone of Yering Station fame. The 50-acre vineyard – predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with minor plantings of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc – is located at the southern end of Coonawarra and is planted on classic terra rossa over limestone soils. Terra Rossa First Growth is vinified along traditional Bordelais lines with extended 30 day maceration and maturation in a combination of tightly-grained new and used French oak for 20 to 24 months. A little American oak is used for the Merlot component. First Growth, made by the highly skilled Pete Bissell, is a brilliantly seductive wine with unbelievable depth of fruit, balance and structure.” Andrew Caillard MW
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