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
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.