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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 89957)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.49

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
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator 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 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 original pavilion and pitch have been retained, thus preserving an important piece of Coonawarra sporting history. Fruit from this vineyard, along with selected parcels of fruit from our family owned Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Clare Valley have been blended to produce a wine that is rich, soft and approachable.

This wine shows inky, deep red color, with a nose of black cherry, briary fruit and dark chocolate. The palate is medium to full bodied, with ripe, black cherry and cassis fruit, subtle integrated vanillin oak with mocha richness. The fine grained, talcy soft tannins support a lingering finish.

As with previous releases of The Cover Drive, the wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 2-3 years. Serve with hearty beef casserole or rack of lamb.

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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.