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Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth

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Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth

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Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says

Wines like this are the reason you don’t read about spirallingly, ear-splittingly exorbitant First Growth Bordeaux offerings in Wine Taste Weekly. 2008 Parker is a cabernet blend of true First Growth endurance. Such is its wall of tannin that it must not, under any circumstances, be approached shy of twenty years in the cellar. Incredible power of blackcurrant and cassis fruit, with a fragrant violet perfume, underlined by dark chocolate oak, with nuances of black olives and black liquorice, this is a wine of tremendous concentration, with the structural assertiveness to maintain a brilliant line of linear definition, finishing crunchy and precise. The tannin profile is monumental, firm and mouth-evading, yet with a textural finesse that keeps it under consummate control at every instant. Don’t miss one of the greats in the lineage of First Growth when it is unleashed on the world in July.

Wine Taste Weekly 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The colour is distinctly deeper than that of the Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon, and the fruit is decidedly more intense and focused, with tannins sitting alongside the black fruits as they power through the palate to the long, savoury/earthy finish. I have often wondered whether Bordeaux has taken exception to the name, but if they were to do so for this vintage, it might be out of concern. A great name for the Chinese market, too.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
There can be no doubt this is by far the best Parker cabernet merlot, or that it is a very good wine by any standards; multiple layers of flavour, texture and structure, cassis and blackcurrant interweaving with new French oak and ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Don't look at the price or the alcohol (15.0%) because this is an outstanding First Growth that will keep alive and well in the cellar for longer than its proportions might forecast, thanks to the vibrancy of its acidity, melding neatly with fruit power and gloriously taut cabernet tannins. The bouquet is fine-tuned and honed, capturing cabernet's redcurrant, blackcurrant, leaf, mint and tobacco nuances, while the palate is built around vibrant, crunchy redcurrants.
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This top-rung Coonawarra cabernet is looking very composed, very typical and nicely poised, with mint, purple olive, cassis, plum, cherry and cedary, spicy oak - and there's much more to come. The palate's certainly in the luscious, ripe end of the spectrum, dishing out lashings of cassis and mulberry fruit, all bundled up in ripe, supple tannins and a density that's undeniable.
The Good Wine Guide
Louise Radman (2005 Vintage) says
Elegant and structural, attractive violet aromatics, cassis and licorice with graphite power and taught minerality. Fine grained, cedary tannins from 19 months in 100% new French oak. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% merlot Alcohol 14.7% Acidity 7.8g/l pH 3.37
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Glorious deep purple-red; a complex bouquet, with fruit and oak both evident; the grippy tannins on the palate come as a shock; puzzling why they were not fined more.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This reserve bottling certainly shows ripeness and depth, some intense fruit, black olives and boot polish, warm berry fruits with assertive charry oak sweetening the fruit aromas. The palate is an action-packed assembly of rich fruit and punchy oak, which are starting to integrate; settling into savoury cassis flavour, it reveals its hand with balanced resolve through the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Cedar and earth aromas showing the first sign of developing; an austere style, with lurking tannins, but in the end all comes together very
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A firm, long-living and complete cabernet. Its dark, deep and concentrated leathery aroma of meaty merlot and plummy/cassis fruit opens into a powerful, plush palate of length, concentration and firmness. Deep, dark berry fruits are tightly knit with new oak and fine, astringent tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Rich, multi-layered cassis, blackcurrant fruit, oak and tannins, all seamlessly woven into a full-bodied, classic Coonawarra Cabernet.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; a complex bouquet of concentrated dark berry fruit and balanced oak, then a commensurately powerful and concentrated palate mixing blackberry and savoury flavours; lots of winemaking inputs.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Dark, dense red; the bouquet exudes ripe blackberry and chocolate aromas, with no green characters whatsoever. The palate is similarly dense and ripe (not jammy), with the flavours promised by the bouquet; fine tannins and good oak handling round off a classy wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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