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2015 Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vivid blackberry and cassis aromas on the nose with a soft earthiness. The palate shows typical Coonawarra expression with black fruits and fine tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

On the southern boundary of Coonawarra is the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions in 1950. Sadly, the ground closed in 1996. Soon after, Jim Barry purchased the 30 acre property and planted a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.

The hidden geological treasure of porous limestone, under the rich terra rossa soil, creates the ideal cellar by storing water for later use. From these gifts of the earth, the winemaker creates their distinctive signatures in wine.

The combined efforts of many outstanding grape growers and talented winemakers have ensured that Coonawarra has produced wines of a truly unique style and quality. Accounting for less than 1.5% of Australia’s total wine production, these wines are now generally recognised as being amongst the greatest in the world.

Winemaking Notes: In the glass this wine shows a bright garnet red with a violet hue.
The nose opens with lifted notes of blackcurrant and blackberry aromatics, with subtle savoury notes of garden herbs, turned earth and spice.
The palate displays generous red and blackcurrant fruit gently shaped by soft, silky tannin. Hints of liquorice, tobacco and savoury oak add further character to a wine packed with bright fruit flavours. A more-ish wine which can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years.

Drink By: 2021.

Ideal Serving Temperature: 16-18 ̊C.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

expert reviews about

2015 Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Drink to 2022.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 Reviews
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A straightforward rendition of cabernet in basic mode: some cassis and mint, leaf, plum and cedary oak in the background. The palate's fresh, with a quite tangy tannin/acid kick; tangy cassis and sturdy tannins waft through the finish. A pared-back style.
The Good Wine Guide
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Strange to find a Coonawarra Cabernet not labelled as such. Even more unusual to find one as exact as this under $20. It's a secret especially worth knowing in the classic 2009 vintage. Shh!
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Although there are contradictory statements in the technical background to the wine, it seems this is a Coonawarra/ Clare Valley blend (not 100% Coonawarra) that produces a truly enjoyable, delicious red berry and cassis-fruited wine, the tannins and oak on the boundary. Drink whenever you wish.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An appealing cabernet that has run rings around the vintage, cassis and blackcurrant fruit set in a lively background; gently spicy oak notes bring the innings to a close. Coonawarra the twelfth man?
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good varietal cabernet with plenty of cassis and a mere suggestion of mint; quite fleshy, supple and long on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Minty, earthy overtones to berry fruit aromas of cassis and blackcurrant, flowing through to the palate with persistent tannins; needs 2+ years to get its eye in
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
A blend of fruit from Clare, the cricket-loving Barrys' home territory, and from a patch (should that be pitch?) of vineyard they own in Coonawarra. A fresh, ripe cabernet that avoids the miserable herbaceousness that can plague this variety. Won't be served during drinks on day one of the Boxing Day test, but worth drinking to celebrate a win. Brett Lees, Sticky Ponting and Rutherglen McGrath would approve.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; gentle blackcurrant, earth and mulberry fruit; fine, ripe tannins, controlled oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; an ultra-Coonawarra mix of earth and blackcurrant; the fruit grows on the back palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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