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2014 Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz

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    RRP $20.00 per bottle

    Our Price $18.99

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    $227.88 (12 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    The whole rationale behind "The Musician" is simply to craft an early drinking, low oak, simple expression of ripe and fresh Coonawarra fruit - a joyous delve into how tasty and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz can be. In this offering, Majella have absolutely smashed it, the wine carrying as much character, structure and flavour as you could hope for at this price-point, all packaged up into something approachable and fruit driven but without excessive fruit sweetness.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
    This is 100% all about drinkability and pleasure - and vice versa. It is brimming with red, purple, blue and black fruits - it's all in the eye of the beholder, and the type isn't important, or as important as it would be with more expensive single varietal wines. A classic all on its own.
    Drink by 2024
    91
    Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
    Coonawarra cabernet and shiraz, fermented in both oak and stainless steel. Pure fruit flavour. It lays it on. It’s delicious. Blackcurrant and redcurrant, a spray of dried herbs, a slip of saucy vanilla, a gentle run of dusty tannin. The fruit purity here is glorious. It’s hugely drinkable as a result. Fresh as a daisy too.
    2016 - 2021
    90
    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with gum leaf and black, clovey pepper as highlights, but with trademark soft, berried fruit flavour to the fore. Creamy oak is a whisper at its loudest point. Not as dense as some previous releases but perhaps more charming.
    James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, July 2015
    92
    Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
    Reliable blend of Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, this time 70/30 in cabernet’s favour. Lighter than I usually associate with this label but perfectly well balanced and made. Red and black berries, gum leaves, cloves and musk, with perfumed/creamy oak as little more than a suggestion. Opens nicely as it rests in the glass. Excellent drinking, style and value once again.
    Wine Front - November 2014
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
    A fine, polished effort from a challenging season scented with a floral, violet-like perfumed of cassis, raspberries, fresh cedar/vanilla oak and undertones of dried herbs. Medium in weight, supple and sappy, its faintly sour-edged expression of fruit is wrapped in an edgy, metallic extract, finishing with moderate length but with some greenish aspects.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
    86
    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
    On the prowl for a bargain red? Two words for you: cabernet shiraz. The Musician is a regular in the hit parade of quaffing splendour. The 2010 skulled one too many Red Bulls before the show and it’s quite the livewire, with crunchy redcurrants in all directions. Let it chill for six months to shake the giggles.
    2012-2015
    92
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    This 55/45% blend has seemingly welded itself to the under $20 red list for the Top 100. The vivid crimson-magenta colour and fragrant black fruit bouquet lead into a vibrant palate with excellent length and balance. Fruit tannins and oak all play their role in a classic medium-bodied frame; drink any time over the next nine years.
    to 2020
    Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
    The best Musician to this time and a delicious Coonawarra red of genuine depth, intensity and elegance. Scented with fresh violets, blackcurrants, mulberries, cherries, plus and a whiff of pepper, it's backed by sweet, cedar/vanilla oak and reserved herbal undertones. Polished, supple and pliant, it delivers a fine length of translucent small berry and plum-like fruit backed by smooth tannins and finished by fresh acids. Charmingly fresh and balanced.
    The Australian Wine Annual
    92
    Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
    The hits just keep on rolling from Majella! Loaded with crunchy blackcurrant fruit, capsicum, blackcurrant bud and mint, this is another juicy, fleshy Musician with just the right finely structured tannin frame to keep it taut and tight. With excellent length and line, the value for money is rocking.
    92
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Year in, year out, one of the best-value reds on the Australian market, this no exception; it has a classic regional bouquet, the elements so woven together it is pointless to dissect them, the palate is a blaze of juicy blackcurrant, plum and blackberry fruit, with perfectly weighted tannins and oak lurking in the background.
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    94
    Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
    Very youthful with a brash style about it. A good dose of oak and plenty of personality here, plenty of primary fruit and dark berry aromas, some plums here too. On the palate there's an even show between the two varieties, gently savoury with good length and fine, supple tannins. Just made to drink now.
    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    91
    Louise Radman (2008 Vintage) says
    Leafy & varietal, packed with glossy mulberries & fresh herbs with a fine breath of oak. Excellent value, distinctly Coonawarra. Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Shiraz 35%
    89
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Good hue; delivers as much as ever, with an abundance of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit supported by ripe tannins that give excellent balance.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    94
    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
    A beautifully balanced shiraz and cabernet tango here in full flight.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    90
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
    Majella is a star of Goonawarra and its entry-level red is proof of it. Full of beautiful Goonawarra fruit flavour - and amen to that. Dark and robust, slippery, smooth and sweet, with blackcurrant and raspberries and a whisper of dust. It gets a bit olive-like and herbal through the finish, but for the most part it is fruity and soft and delicious. More please.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
    91
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Majella has come up with yet another stylish Musician punching above its price weight; blackberry, plum and blackcurrant do all the flavour singing, while tannins handle the percussion. -
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    92
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    A lively wine; has vibrancy and great texture; a mix of red and black fruits run through to the long finish. Superlative value. Gold medal, Limestone Coast Wine Show '07.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    95
    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
    A beautifully balanced shiraz and cabernet tango here in full flight.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    90
    Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
    We at dbwwm love this wine—we always do. Unashamedly approachable, sensational value and guaranteed to ensure that you'll want a second glass, there has never been a bad one made. Granted this is only the third vintage, but they have all been crackers. Majella is one of Coonawarra's star performers at the moment and this might just be the best value in the region. Stock up. Your friends will think you're a genius.
    Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
    91
    Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
    It's only the third release but it's already established itself as an ever-reliable wine. It's named in memory of the Lynn family's son Matthew, a keen musician. 2006 RELEASE Another lovely release. Fleshy, fruity, dusty and creamy, the cabernet doing a good deal of the talking, the shiraz simply plumping up the mid-palate. Just take a look at the colour of this! It's dark and blue-black, enough to warm any red drinker's heart. DRINK 2008-2011.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    89
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Supple, smooth and classy blackcurrant and blackberry mix; excellent touch of oak. Trophy Limestone Coast Wine Show '06. Phenomenal value.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    94
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Excellent deep colour; flooded with luscious blackcurrant, cassis and blackberry fruit; fine, ripe tannins; oak incidental; outstanding value; 70% Cabernet Sauvignon/30% Shiraz.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    92

    winemaker's notes

    This Classic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz was produced by Majella Wines. The Musician blend, since it’s first release in 2004, has won 7 trophies and 72 medals to date.

    Winemaker's comments: The colour is vibrant deep ruby red with a garnet hue. The wine itself is seductive, smooth and fruit driven with dark, perfumed berry fruits with hints of mint and eucalyptus, supported by soft tannins that give excellent balance.

    Once again an exceptional wine at the price: vibrant, unmistakably Coonawarra to smell and taste, bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, mulberry and herbs, and fine, elegant and juicy in the mouth.

    The wine is quite low in oak, with just a smidge of vanillin showing faintly on the mid palate, but otherwise the brambly, blackcurrant flavours demand all the attention.

    Fine silky tannins integrate with the fruit and minimal oak treatment to produce an approachable well rounded wine with an extended length. Quite a complex wine!

    Winemaking: The Musician is made as a light and elegant dry red. Fermentation was in both stainless steel tanks and oak barrels then aged for a further six months for minimal oak contact. It was then blended and bottled as a young red to retain freshness.

    Grape variety: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz

    Cellaring: The Musician is made to enjoy now or cellar for up to 5 years

    Alc/vol: 14.5%

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