Deep red with purple tint. An intense nose of pure cassis, liquorice and subtle seaweed notes with smoky French oak. Layered blackcurrant, mint and leather on the palate combine with the elegant oak frame for a long and fine mouth-feel. A softer finish than normal with fine suede-like tannins. Appraised as one of the outstanding vintage of this label, the Parker Terra Rossa First Growth 2005 vintage was warm, dry and early ripening. Made for extended cellaring for 15 or more years. Fermentation in 8 tonne static stainless steel fermenters with most parcels undergoing long maceration on skins.
The name first growth, based on an old world, specifically Bordeaux philosophy, represents the selection of the best parcels of Coonawarra fruit for Parker Coonawarra Estate. Proud of its region and humbled by critical review, including Langton’s ‘excellent’ classification. As the custodians of Parker Coonawarra Estate, our aim is to uphold the tradition of authentic Coonawarra heritage and to add to the pedigree since the founder late John Parker began over 25 years ago. Since the first vintage of 1988 was released in 1991, the Parker First Growth wine is only made in the best seasons and when vintage is deemed to have ageing potential beyond 15 years cellaring. No First Growth was made in 1992, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003 or 2007. The 2005 vintage received 93 points from James Halliday and is proudly 5-star rated.
The Finer Details Style – Red Wine Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Merlot 9% Country – Australia Region – Coonawarra, South Australia Vintage – 2005 Bottle Size – 750ml ABV – 14%