Fess Parker The Big Easy 2016 750ml
SKU: 3971

Fess Parker The Big Easy 2016

  • v95
  • we91
  • ws89


Category Red Wine
Region South Africa, Stellenbosch
Brand Fess Parker
Alcohol/vol 14.9%

The sublime and lively 2015 vintage shines through in perhaps the best Big Easy yet. A melange of ripe Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is layered with waves of Grenache, Cinsaut, Mourvèdre and a touch of Viognier. Quite perfumed and fittingly complex, the palate is lined with chocolate, spice and confectionary cherries. A peppery nuance adds further character, all framed by a fine structure and juicy core. Ready to drink, its long chalky finish will assist its 5 years ageing potential.

  • v95

The 2016 The Big Easy is fabulous. Rich, powerful and flamboyant to its core the Big Easy hits the palate with tremendous fruit intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, raspberry jam, white chocolate, vanillin and new American oak shape this opulent Syrah/Petite Sirah/Grenache blend. Winemaker Blair Fox has dialed in a style that captures all the exuberance of past editions, but with more nuance than the Big Easy has ever shown. And I say that as someone who has never loved this wine. The 2016 is simply outrageously delicious.

Wine Enthusiast
  • we91

Dark and brooding aromas of peppercorn-crusted beef steak, teriyaki, blueberry and wood smoke make for a savory entry to this bottling. Intense blueberry, charred meat and cherry-wood flavors show on the palate, which is framed by firm mouthcoating tannins. It's a great barbecue wine.

Matt Kettmann, February 1, 2019
Wine Spectator
  • ws89

Bold and plump with fruit, offering expressive blackberry, orange zest and smoked pepper flavors. Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2023. 5,582 cases made.

Tim Fish, February 28, 2019