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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
(search item no. 62493)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

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 drive's of the local champions in 1950. Sadly, the ground closed in 1996. Soon after Jim Barry purchased the 30 acre property and planted Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard.

The original pavilion and pitch have been retained. The vineyard was actually planted around the cricket pitch. So a little piece of history has been preserved. Today this vineyard provides the majority of fruit for our new wine, The Cover Drive, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Selected parcels of fruit from our other cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Clare Valley have been carefully blended to produce a wine that is rich, soft and approachable.

Brilliant deep red in colour with subtle cigar box aromas, dark berries, sweet mints and vanilla. The palate offers luscious blackberry fruit, fully-rounded with velvety tannins and sweet oak from 18 months in American and French barriques. A wine that can be enjoyed now or will reward those who have thepatience to cellar for 2-3 years.

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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.