Parri Eatate is the location of the once famous Ingoldby vineyards and cellar door (take the name belongs to one of conglomerates). The cellar door is a large facility that has outdoor undercover area that is being used for functions including weddings. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around and keep themselves amused while mum and dad try a few wines. I have found the cellar door to be closed quite often so it is best to check they are open – or alternatively there are other close options.
I have tried the wines from this stable a number of times over the past year and always find it interesting as they have cool climate wines sourced from their Mt Compass vineyard as well as the warmer climate vineyard next to their McLaren Flat cellar door.
They basically have 3 ranges a second lable called Southcote, a cool climate range from their Mt Compass vineyard and the Pangkarra range from McLaren Flat. Pangkarra is a local aboriginal word that represents the characteristics of a specific site – soil, climate, sunshine, rain etc.
And now the wines…….
2009 Southcote White ($15)
Chardonnay (60%), Semillon (25%) and Sauvignon Blanc (15%) all from their Mt Compass vineyard to produce a white wine showing some developed characters and as such lost it’s fruit freshness. The aromas show grapefruit and lemon rind with toasty notes. The flavors are dominated by nectarines and grassiness but the developed tones kick in again.
2012 Savagnin ($20)
From Mt Compass fruit and fruit it is – stone fruits of nectarines and peaches. There is an interesting floral note there as well. Plenty of acid here and an interesting textural feel makes this a wine I would be very happy to drink with food.
2008 Viognier Chardonnay
An unwooded version with 55% Vioginer and shows mainly Chardonnay character with melons and stone fruit. The wine was short on the palate and not really inspiring.
2010 Estate Pinot Noir ($25)
As one would expect this Pinot is from Mt Compass fruit and the cooler climate shows with this variety. The aromas were nuances of mushrooms, pine needles and cherries with brown spice mix thrown in. Flavors showing red fruits and subtle oak that lingers. There is a hint of bitterness that just takes the enjoyment down a notch.
2006 Shiraz Viognier ($20)
Mt Compass fruit with just 5% Viognier – the use of Viognier with Shiraz is to provide a lift to the wine that would not be apparent otherwise. I got rhubarb as the main red fruit mixed with subtle spices. I did not get any apricot (good) but the wine is a bit tired. It would have been good to see it a couple of years ago.
2006 Southcote Cabernet Shiraz ($70/doz)
A very fruit driven wine with red fruits and pepper spice. Good value.
2006 Pangkarra Grenache ($25)
From the McLaren Vale vineyards and shows lots of cloves, nutmeg and dark cherry aromas. In terms of flavors – they show the same spices and with red fruits and a savory finish. Unfortunately there was a slight bitterness on the finish that stopped this wine being first class.
2008 Cabernet ($24)
Made from Mt Compass fruit and shows the aromas expected from Cabernet – black current and mint. The flavors were dominated by fruit cake and then mocha on the finish. There are layers of good tannins and lots of structure here.
2006 Pangkarra Shiraz ($24)
From the old Ingoldby vineyard in McLaren Flat Shiraz. Aromas of deep plum and chocolate aromas with subtle spices. The mocha flavors dominate the dark plum fruit and the tannin structure is fine not course or chewy.
2005 Noble Semillon
Made from Mt Compass fruit that starts impressively with orange blossom and blood orange and a hint of citrus peel. The flavors were much lighter than expected with some stone fruit but it was hard to work out the flavors as they were just so short.