This wine has a dense purple ruby color with a mulberry hue. The aromas are both opulent and intense with blackcurrant, violets, rosemary and cedar playing a central role. The palate is awash with flavors of boysenberry, cassis, star anise and menthol. The structural tannins are supple and fine grained. Over-all, the wine displays excellent line and length of flavor. An outstanding, youthful, fresh and vibrant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from a tenanious vintage.
"The fruit for Jim Barry-s 2008 Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 50% Clare Valley and 50% Coonawarra. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives pronounced aromas of eucalyptus, warm blackberry and crushed blueberries with some cinnamon and cloves plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to high acid and a medium to high level of finely grained tannins support the ample flesh in the mid palate of this full bodied style. The finish is long and minty. Approachable now, it should be best 2011 to 2018.
The Wine Advocate
"Representing a good value in top-flight Cabernet, Jim Batty's 2008 The Cover Drive features subtle hints of cinnamon, coffee and vanilla layered over blueberry and plum fruit. It's on the full-bodied side, with plush, velvety tannins balanced by crisp acids. Drink now-2018. Editors' Choice."
"A truly enjoyable, delicious red berry and cassis-fruited wine, the tannins and oak on the boundary. Drink whenever you wish."
Australian Wine Companion
Smooth & Supple
Great Cabernet from down under.
Was introduced to this wine in a wine class. Recently have not been able to find it locally, so was so excited to order it from wine.com. It was as delicious as I remembered. As my friends and I sat down to a pasta dinner and put our noses in our glasses, we all had the same reaction: "Aaaahhhhs" and "Oh, how I've missed you old friend".
Very good, nice to have again. Fairly rated and priced.
Smooth & Supple
Very nice nose. Smooth and supple. Would buy again!
This is a great Cab for the price. I'd really like to give it 4 1/2 stars!
Excellent Wine. Great from start to finish, with an array of flavor for a cab. Ordering more soon! You won't be disappointed.
I liked it as an every day Cab. I will buy again.
just ok for me.
Big & Bold
Awful, over ripe and requires a spoon to get through a glass. Typical Aussie crap you get at this price point. Not sure how the critics scored it so high.
Cheese > Blue