|Appellation:||Coonawara & Watervale|
At Whelehans Wines we have always been focused on identifying and sourcing wines that are definitive for their respective terroirs and for the wines to be truly memorable and commendable.
John and Faye Parker established Parker in the mid 1980’s, with help and advice from longtime friend Doug Balnaves. They identified the best locations on Coonawarra’s Terra Rossa strip, which resulted in the purchase of land from the Abbey family, just north of the Penola township. In 1985 they planted their first vines using the Reynella Selection cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon - the original cuttings from Bordeaux - sourced before Phylloxera decimated the vineyards in France in the late 1800’s.The winery’s first release of the 1988 vintage of First Growth was met with outstanding success, winning the Penfold Hyland Trophy in Perth.
For over a quarter of a century, Parker Estate has achieved endless medals, trophies and accolades, including a Five Star rating by James Halliday, Langton’s Classification V for Excellence, and many high rating reviews by major wine media both within Australia and internationally. Now owned by the Hesketh family this is truly one of the most exciting and progressive estates in Australia.