“Parham is named in honour of my Grandfather Bill Parham, who passed away at the ripe old age of 102. This wine is the best of the best of our McLaren Vale & Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and only 10 barrels of the vintage are set aside for Parham.” – Geoff Merrill
The aroma is complex and powerful. Displaying dark chocolate, roast beetroot, black olive, blueberry, mint and licorice. The oak is focussed, yet balanced, creating depth and interest as it opens up in the glass.
The palate is compelling, fleshy and full. Abundant youthful tannin and tight acidity seamlessly locks the structure together. Dark blue fruits, black cherry and olive flavours display their true character during this very early stage of a long evolution.
Drink 2025 – 2035. Enjoy with runny double brie or white castello, wagyu beef or pork belly (lightly flavoured fatty/sweet meats). Best give it a bit of time though.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: McLaren Vale had one of the earliest vintages on record this year, with mild weather playing an important role for the region; rainfall was lower than average and with dry conditions from early August meant supplementary irrigation was vital. With only a few sporadic hot days, the weather allowed natural acids with low pH levels to develop. Yields had fallen just below average, however this varied depending on variety. Overall 2015 was a successful vintage; we have excellent examples at the winery of all varieties made.
|Maturation||27 months in new American oak hogsheads|
|Region||McLaren Vale 85% / Coonawarra 15%|
National Liquor News
“The focus is on the fruit, which needs no winemaker flourish other than 100% new oak. Blackcurrant rides high on the bouquet, oak on its postilion. Tannins make their presence felt on the palate, which will stand the wine in good stead as it ages.”
James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)
“Deep, dark red colour with a purple rim and a concentrated, bold aroma of blackberry and cassis with a lacing of mint. The palate is full-boded, firm and tense, with abundant firm tannins and a core of sweet berry fruit. A concentrated, well-structured Cabernet with length, power and considerable ageing potential.”
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
“A thumping, thunderous wine of great concentration, potency and detail. While graphite and smoky-cedary oak opens the wine, a cavalcade of dark berry and plummy fruit is up to task. It’s palate-staining and lush, chewy in tannin yet supple as it finishes. It does big superbly and delivers and impressive wine.”
Mike Bennie (WBM Magazine)
National Liquor News (Annual Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting)
The focus is on the fruit, which needs no winemaker flourish other than 100% new oak. Blackcurrant rides high on the
bouquet, oak on its postilion. Tannins make their presence felt on the palate, which will stand the wine in good stead as it
ages.”Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
James Halliday (Halliday Australian Wine Companion)
A glorious expression of the variety from grapes grown in McLaren Vale (85%) and Coonawarra (15%); the fragrant
bouquet shows crème de cassis, mixed berry compote, cigar, cocoa and cedar characters. The palate is impressively
weighted and concentrated with awesome fruit power and richness, wonderfully supported by stylish oak infusion and
chalky tannins. A compelling rendition offering symphonic flavours. 5 stars.”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
Australian Wine Showcase Magazine