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Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Looking for Australia’s finest Merlot – well the Parker doesn’t quite hit those heights but it gets very close and at a very respectable price. This is a fleshy, creamy Merlot – lots of fruit concentration – great length and some proper backbone. A Merlot that really delivers – who would have thunk it?

Winemaker's Notes

Still coming together and integrating at this stage, this wine is right on style for Parker Merlot, medium bodied with round plummy mouth feel and dark just-ripe characters, but with a tannin structure to age.

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Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Merlot

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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Serious Australian merlot - three words not often used together! Honed, structured and restrained, its subtle lift of violet and rose petal perfume and well-defined black- and redcurrants scream varietal identity.
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has some intriguing iodine-like notes to it, a regional stamp, ahead of very ripe purple berry fruits and plums, some earthy notes too. The palate s flavoursome, showing the same ripeness as the nose suggests, dark plum, and hints of prune to close.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
An extremely elegant, finely structured wine, with great mouthfeel and continuity of line; no one flavour stands out among the multiplicity of spicy/earthy/red fruit/cedary French oak components.
Australian Wine Companion 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
In the world of Aussie merlot, you have to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince. With Wine Taste, I deal with the frogs and leave you with Big Willy! Vibrant blackberries and mulberries meet nuances of tobacco, lingering with finely supple tannins and tangy red cherry acidity.
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A fair stamp of assertive boot-polish-like oak sits across this merlot, which is at a nice place in early development, with mulberry, blueberry and cassis, and some regional mint too. The palate has light-plum and mulberry flavour, fine, easy tannins and some sweet oak spice wrapped across the finish. Supple and ready now.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong varietal character, right from the first sniff through to the finish and aftertaste; a mix of red currant and snow pea, with a hint of olive; good structure and texture
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Interesting wine with clear varietal character coupled with depth and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Firm and concentrated, but rather brooding all the same, this handsomely structured merlot has a brightly lit perfume of dark cherries and plums dusted with hints of tobacco and backed by sweet newish vanilla/mocha oak. Its lingering core of intense fruit is supported by dark chocolate/mocha oak, framed by a firm and fine-grained astringency. It finishes long and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A complex, seamless flow of red fruits, oak and tannins; medium to full-bodied, and perhaps more a very good red wine than a varietal Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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