2014 Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz
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
expert reviews about
2014 Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz
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
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
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
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
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 2020Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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