Parri Estate has vineyards in Mclaren Vale (around the cellar door – see map) which in a former life was Ingolby winery plus in the Mount Compass area. This means that in one winery you can sample the delights of cool and warm climate wines. Their website can be found at www.parriestate.com.au.
The cellar door is large, warm and inviting, with an open fire and leather lounges. The surrounds have generous grassed areas (for the kids to run around) and a covered picnic area, that can also be booked for functions (including weddings). There is also some wine gifts such as 3D wooden puzzles in the shape of wine bottles or wine glasses. The facility is also associated with wine education with some wine evaluation classes being held there.
A series of wines is labeled as Pangkarra which is a word used by the traditional land owners (Kaurna) for the characters of a particular site (climate, sunshine, rain & soil).
There are a number of Winter Specials from the cellar door & mail order. The pricing below outlines any noted discounts.
And now for the wines:-
Cool Climate Wines
2007 Sparkling Pinot/Chardonnay ($A24)
Yeasty & creamy characters with Pinot being dominant. I don’t normally drink white bubbly (I like the red bubbles) but this was quite pleasant.
2008 Southcote Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon/Viognier ($A19 discounted to $A12.50)
Citrus and lemongrass flavours with an acid finish. The blended components ensures the wine is not overly herbaceous. It would be nice drunk really cold on a hot day.
2007 Viognier Chardonnay ($A19)
Subtle apricot (from the viognier) and melon (from the chardonnay). If you like Viognier then check this one out,
2006 Pangkarra Chardonnay ($A20 discounted to$A120/doz.)
Good soft cool climate wine with smart use of french oak. Chardonnay is not fashionable but this is a good drop.
2005 Noble Semillon (discounted price $A70/doz)
This is surprisingly a light style with hints of sweet nectarines. This was a pleasant wine but not indicitive of a Noble sticky wine.
2007 Pinot Noir ($A22)
Pinot is not normally my thing but the cherry overtures were more than just pleasant in this wine. This is one for the Piontphiles should check out.
2005 Southcote Cabernet Shiraz ($A14)
This 60%/40% blend is starting to show some bottle age characters with spice and dark berry showing through. I would have preferred to taste this wine younger.
2005 Shiraz Viognier ($A20)
This was my favourite Parri Estate cool climate red. Pepper and dark cherry flavours with a long finish. The viognier was not dominate.
2004 Pangkarra Cabernet Sauvignon ($A24 discounted to $A144/doz.)
This was a light herbaceous style as expected from cool climate grapes. The oak did not dominate the lighter fruit style. Quite a pleasant drink – maybe with a Moroccan targine.
Mclaren Vale Wines
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($A20)
Made from fruit from 45 year old vines next to the cellar door. The wine is dark with loads of blackcurrant and firm tannins. I prefer this style to the cooler climate wine.
2005 Pangkarra Grenache ($A24)
Oh I do like Mclaren Vale Grenache with hints of cloves, cherries and nutmeg and with complementary oak. Made from dry grown, bush vines next to the cellar door. Do yourself a favour and try this one.
2005 Pangkarra Shiraz ($A24)
If there is one wine style I like more than Mclaren Vale Grenache, it would be Mclaren Vale Shiraz. This wine is another example of how well this grape variety goes in the Vale. With aromas of spice and coffee combined with even more spice on the in the mouth – Yum!