Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 6pk 2016

Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 6pk 2016

Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 6pk 2016
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Winery Details

    Since its first release in 1988, the name Parker Coonawarra has represented outstanding quality, longevity and elegance from the region. Based in the very southern end of the Terra Rossa strip, the wines have always embodied a fine, long-lived, classic style. The Hesketh family became the custodians of the vision for Parker in 2013, and have continued with these ideals. The wines offer an exceptional insight into why the Coonawarra region became famous for powerful yet delicious cabernet. This includes a Langton's classification for the flagship First Growth bottling.

Press Review

    Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2016

    A cabernet with a lengthy history of excellence. It is from a single vineyard planted in '85. The vines are fully mature, and the blackcurrant fruit revels in the generous proportion of new French oak allocated to it every year.

    Rating: 96 Points

    Source: James Halliday Wine Companion 2021


    Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2016

    A famous wine from Coonawarra that is an example of the region's best. It's 100% cabernet sauvignon. Packed with dark chocolate and black currant with a leafy varietal overtone. First and powerful dark fruit with the grainy tannins quite firm. Has a dry chalky mouth feel on the finish. This is a wine that is built for the long haul but it drinks mighty well even now. Cellar to 30 years.

    Rating: 96 Points

    Source: Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot


    Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2016

    I haven’t tried this wine for a while and what a lovely surprise. The age sits well on this wine giving it a fine elegance. Classic Coonawarra eucalypt and cassis with restrained vanilla oak, showing everything you love about Cabernet. Ripe and textural with chalky tannins, supported by juicy acid and a fine texture. Still has life in it with plenty of primary and tertiary earthy characters developing in the bottle. What a great example of a balanced Coonawarra Cabernet, with still at least another 5-10 years in it.

    Rating: 95 Points

    Source: Annette Lacey MW, Wine Pilot


    Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2016

    As the Bordeaux-inspired name suggests, First Growth sits on the highest branch of the Parker Coonawarra Estate wine tree. It is 100% cabernet sauvignon off the Abbey Vineyard matured in 100% new barriques from four major French coopers including Seguin Moreau and Francois Freres. The 2016 vintage is its 28th. Everything so far, including the price tag, indicates a most serious wine. Aroma and taste confirm it. Boysenberry, bramble, black cherry, blackberry, wild herbs, a dab of sweet baking spice and red earth offer up the complex essence of Coonawarra cabernet. Parker Coonawarra Estate has a history of sensitive red winemaking. No sharp edges, no aggressive oak or tannin. It’s sometimes easy to overlook these little one percenters. Wines like First Growth come into the world fully formed and drinkable, you can sometimes wonder how they will age. I would suggest that they age particularly well because they start life in balance. Weather-wise the warm, dry 2016 vintage conditions in Coonawarra were likened to 1998. Both are considered very good to excellent vintages. At 14.5% alcohol, First Growth is bold, juicy and fresh across the palate replete in bramble, briar, dark plum sweet fruits and well managed graphite oak. Enjoy now or later. It’s your call. Drink 2021 – 2034

    Rating: 95 Points

    Source: Jeni Port, Wine Pilot


    Parker Coonawarra Estate First Growth 2016

    Less herbal than the 2015, the 2016 First Growth shows more pure cassis and plum aromas and flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, with a touch of creaminess on the mid-palate, which turns velvety on the long finish. This strong effort shows real harmony, elegance and class, relatively unmarked by its 18 months in new French oak.

    Rating: 93+ Points

    Source: Joe Czerwinsky, Robert Parker Wine Advocate (January 2019)