Sunday, July 8, 2012

Parker Coonawarra Estate 2008 Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic Coonawarra cabernet with style and substance that has pleasingly been released after some significant maturation. While there is 14.5% alcohol, the wine is beautifully balanced, with nary a hint of heat on the palate. Rather, this is delightfully nuanced wine crafted by Pete Bissell, who also makes outstanding cabernets for Balnaves. There is a softness and approachability right now with the cabernet aided and abetted by small amounts of merlot and petit verdot, but there is also plenty of structure from aging in new and one-year-old quality French barrels. Think vibrant cassis flavours and nicely judged smoky oak. A lovely wine that is probably undervalued at $44.

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