Parker Coonawarra Estate has achieved an unmatched reputation both within Australia and overseas where these fine wines of Coonawarra are revered for integrity and consistently superb quality. Commercial constraints played no part in the development of Parker Coonawarra Estate. John Parker, whose many years’ involvement in the wine industry resulted in a desire to produce a premium wine from Australia’s premier red wine district culminated with the release of the 1988 “Terra Rossa First Growth” in 1991. The Parker Estate Vineyard, situated at the southern end of Coonawarra, was established in 1985 on the rich Terra Rossa soil over limestone of Coonawarra and carries Cabernet Sauvignon as the predominant variety with minor plantings of Merlot and Petit Verdot. The estate is situated in the heart of Coonawarra and the 20 hectares of vineyards are planted in prime Terra Rossa soil. Each vintage, small quantities of the best fruit are selected for the Terra Rossa First Growth. If in any one year the grapes do not reach the high standard set, then no Terra Rossa First Growth is made. Winemakers Pete Bissell and Darren Rathbone continue this uncompromising tradition, which has seen Pete being awarded 2008 Qantas Winemaker of the year.
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