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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

Region
Coonawarra, Australia

Variety
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.

Wine
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.

Drink
Over the next 5 - 7 years

expert reviews about

2014 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Black berry cabernet with the leafy stalky aromas of the vintage and well judged french oak. The wine's got a lot of drink now" appeal with black fruit and juicy soft tannins with a black currant thread to the finish. Surprising length for this vintage
2022
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Faintly leafy aromas of cassis, mulberries, dark plums and fresh smoky cedar/vanilla oak reveal dusty nuances of dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it's gentle and elegant, with pleasing cedar and smoky, cigarboxy characters and sweet varietal cabernet flavour finished by a fractionally sappy and green-edged acidity. Nevertheless, a fine effort from this cool vintage.
2016-2019+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
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.
2025
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
94
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.
2015
Good Wine Guide
93
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.
2032
Rob Geddes MW
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2022-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
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
93
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.
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
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.
2022
Rob Geddes MW
92
Rob Geddes MW (2008 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
92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Smooth and juicy but fractionally overripe, this vibrant young cabernet has an intense aroma of plums, blackberries and sweet cedar/vanilla oak backed by suggestions of prunes and dried herbs. Framed by firmish, fine and dusty tannins, it's luscious and sweetly fruited, before thinning out a little towards a slightly spirity, meaty and herbal finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Bowen Estate is one of our favourite cabernet producers from the Coonawarra region - or from any region, for that matter. This 2007 release is a slight dip after the excellent 2005 and 2006 releases. The flavours are classic Coonawarra - capsicum, pure blackcurrant and a dusty, soft kiss of cedary oak. You smell it and go •ahhh', familiar territory. When you taste it, though, it's satisfying but a little too dry: as though there's as much grape-skin and stalk as there is juice. It wants for a bit more flesh. That said, it should still mature well.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
A great drink with herbal sweetly mulberry/blackcurrant characters. Excellent judgement here well ripened tannins judicious oak and structure.
Rob Geddes MW
91
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
94
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
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
An assertive, sumptuous cabernet with a dark, cedary bouquet of cassis, plums, black cherries and black olives backed by nuances of vanilla, dried herbs and minerals. It's sumptuously ripened, perhaps slightly overcooked and a fraction jammy, with a pleasing length of deep fruit supported by a firm, grainy backbone.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
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
93
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
95
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
A great drink with herbal sweetly mulberry/blackcurrant characters.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
The story goes that a few years back when people were paying silly money for vineyards, Doug Bowen was offered a ludicrous sum for his prized piece of Coonawarra. He knocked it back, wondering what he and his family would do if he did sell. I hope it's true because karma has more than rewarded Doug. Now daughter Emma is on board, with the result that the wines are looking better than ever— among them this classic Coonawarra cabernet.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
91
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Handsomely backed by dark, toasty, smoky oak, this sumptuous and cedary cabernet carries its 15% alcohol surprisingly well. Scented with dark plums, berries and cedar, with underlying meaty complexity, it's smooth, even and juicy. Fractionally warm, with a plush, pristine expression of concentrated cassis/dark berry flavour and lightly roasted French oak, it's framed by firm, smooth tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
One of my favourite Coonawarra estates, though inexplicably quality seems to have bounced around of late. This is the best Bowen cabernet for a while. 2005 RELEASE Composed, well-ripened wine, flooded with cassis and dark chocolate-like flavour and then smoky, grapey and strong through the finish. Muscular tannin structure. Aroma, heart, flavour and finish, DRINK 2008-2013
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Composed, ripe, full-flavoured.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied blackcurrant fruit with savoury notes and touches of earth
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
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
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, medium-length.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
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
92
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A supple, fine and elegant cabernet whose juicy expression of dark cherries, cassis and raspberries are framed by tight-knit tannins and supported by a slightly dusty, raw expression of oak. Smooth and silky, with just a hint of prune and currant towards the end of the palate, it continues the good recent form of Bowen Estate, but could perhaps have been even better with some different oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says
Ripe and unripe at once.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
85
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
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says
Lacks substance.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
84
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium-bodied; savoury/earthy regional overtones to the blackcurrant fruit; only 13.5 degrees alcohol; nice freshness.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2001 Vintage) says
Unbalanced and sweet.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
85
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
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2000 Vintage) says
Generous and muscular.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has an elegant mix of cedary and blackberry aromas, the medium-bodied palate following down the same path, replete with ripe tannins and a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the aromas are in the olive/herb/earth spectrum, undoubtedly varietal but a fraction austere. The palate is pleasant enough but seems to have that doughnut, hole-in-the-middle structure which Cabernet is often accused of having, but which is far from inevitable, particularly in Coonawarra.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84

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