Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Parker Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay 2014

I dropped into a couple of Coonawarra cellar doors last Friday with good mate John Rymill. We went driving around his 'hood checking out the sights. I was in town to attend the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup which was a brilliant day out - more on that later.

It's great what you learn when you drop into a cellar door. Amongst other things, the winery/CD sits right on the property line - head to the website to get the picture. There's two rows which are Parker's and the rest of the vineyards on the left are owned by Treasury (Pinot Noir if you are interested to know) who are trying to sell it off. A bypass has been planned to run through it and will impact the new owner no doubt. No wonder Treasury is trying to get out... Mind you, the acres of vineyard they have just planted in the region is incredible to see. Something must be going right for that to be happening one could suspect.

Back to Parker and their Chardonnay and what an introduction to the region this was. The fruit is sourced from two separate vineyards up the road (heading north). Part was complete barrel ferment and the other from V&A Lane only saw stainless steel to finish and freshen the result upon blending.

It's bit yeasty to get started with lashings of coconut oak and stone fruit headed by yellow peach. A squeeze of lemon and a smear of melted butter add to the layers of flavour on offer. Enjoyable weight and mouth filling; a delicious wine and one I'd set out to buy.

Drink medium term.

Very good.

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $24
Source: Cellar Door tasting

www.parkercoonawarraestate.com.au

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