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2014 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Bowens stand firm as one of the old school winemakers from the Coonawarra region making wines that are built for drinking and cellaring. For over 35 years the Bowens have been making wines that express the terra rossa soils of the region. It smells of intense blackberries with integrated toast oak and notes of cedar. Distinctly varietal Cabernet with firm tannins and acid structure ensuring this will last in the long term. Pair it with hearty red meat dishes such as lamb shanks.

Winemaker's Notes

Coonawarra, Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%, Totally Estate grown and hand pruned.

Vintage 2014
Very good winter rains of 2013 were followed by a wet and windy spring. The inclement weather during spring resulted in a poor fruit set resulting in lower than average crop at vintage. A typical warm to hot January was followed by ideal conditions from verasion through to full ripeness. Our grapes were in excellent condition for the 2014 vintage.

Doug Bowen celebrated his 40th vintage at Bowen Estate making this 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon a great nod to the family’s belief in Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows all the trademarks of classic coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Vibrant red purple hues shine from the glass. The nose is full of rich dark berry characteristics with nuances of classic Coonawarra mint. The wine has a very well structured palate with fine grainy Cabernet Sauvignon tannins well supported by fine tannins from French oak. The palate is intense showing great flavour and softness with lingering finesse leaving you asking for more.

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2014 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; another wine of distinction from Bowen Estate, with pristine varietal expression courtesy of cassis/blackcurrant flavours and fine-grained tannins, good oak the icing on the cake.
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This has lovely brightness and elegance to it. Aromas of ripe dark plum and cassis are gently laced with leaves and mint, a lovely regional touch, and the oak s nicely integrated, gently meaty too. The palate delivers a smooth, supple and elegant wine that has a lovely core of cherry and cassis flavour, nutty tannins and an easy, elegant style.
Good Wine Guide
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
A great drink deeply dark with concentrated sweetly mulberry/blackcurrant and a lick of black olive herbal characters. Excellent judgement here well-ripened tannins a ripe long middle palate with judicious oak.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Stylish, fine-grained and carefully balanced cabernet likely to age well. Its dusty, dark aromas of cassis, raspberries and mulberries are knit with fine cedar/vanilla oak and reveal a whiff of dried herbs. It's long and vibrant, with brightly lit fruit and measured oak backed by a supple, measured spine, becoming softer and smoother with breathing.
The Australian Wine Annual
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong, bright purple-crimson; like the Shiraz, a great return to form, with pristine cabernet varietal fruit on the medium-bodied palate, the finish lengthened and strengthened by fine, ripe tannins.
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Australian Wine Companion 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
A great drink deeply dark with herbal concentrated sweetly mulberry/blackcurrant characters. Excellent judgement here well-ripened tannins judicious oak and structure.
Rob Geddes MW
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The best Bowen cabernet for some time, sporting a bright set of ripe berry and musky oak aromas, wet concrete; well crafted in a modern concentrated style. Geez it looks the part. Love the palate's freshness and tannin draw, pulling rich deep berry flavour and great balance - finesse and elegance with power. Superb.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Full-bodied, with uncompromising cabernet varietal fruit in Regional mode: in other words, blackcurrant and earth on a tightly wound palate. Great future.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
One of our favourite cabernets from the region - and this continues from the excellent 2005. If you like Coonawarra cabernet we'd advise that you call the Bowen Estate cellar door and see if you can get yourself a dozen of this. It's a very nice wine, though it does need some cellar time. It's intense and curranty with lots of grippy, assertive tannin before a dark, bitter, chocolatey finish takes over. It has excellent weight of flavour and its cedary oak has been finely judged. Pretty much spot-on.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
A great drink with herbal sweetly mulberry/blackcurrant characters. Excellent judgement here well ripened tannins judicious oak and structure.
Rob Geddes MW
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Composed, ripe, full-flavoured.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A very fine, tightly focused and classical Coonawarra cabernet likely to age exceptionally well Its dusty perfume of violets, cassis, cedar and vanilla overlies some complex and gamey oak-derived aromas. Smooth and silky, its long and fine-grained palate delivers a lingering core of intense cassis, blueberry and dark plum flavour tightly knit with cedar/vanilla oak and framed by firm, powdery tannin. It finishes long and dusty, with undertones of dried herbs and dark olives.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
A great drink with herbal sweetly mulberry/blackcurrant characters. Excellent judgement here well ripened tannins judicious oak and structure.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Classic cooler-season Coonawarra cabernet with wonderfully deep scents of cassis, plums and cedar/chocolate oak over lightly herbal and dusty, leafy nuances. Long, smooth and fine-grained, the palate is stylish and structured, presenting intense, vibrant cassis, mulberry and plum flavours harmoniously balanced with fine-grained oak and tight-knit firm tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a savoury mix of oaky/earthy/ berry aromas, followed by a powerful, complex and deep palate, exuding ripe fruit, ripe tannins and plenty of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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