Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
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. Overall, the wine displays excellent line and length of flavor. An outstanding, youthful, fresh and vibrant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from a tenanious vintage.
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon presents intense cassis and blackberries aromas with hints of pencil shavings, cloves and bay leaf. Medium-full bodied, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, lively acidity and mouth-filling, very pure berry flavors, finishing long. Drink it now through 2016. "
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
Jim Barry Winery
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. View all Jim Barry Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, but full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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13 ratings, 8 with reviews41/30/2013Very good, nicely rated and priced.acodispoti - Arlington, VA51/23/2013
Very nice wine with lots of flavor.411/23/2012Nice wine. Love the screw cap.Les Moore - Gardendale, AL46/29/2013MJB - Newburyport, MA45/22/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
Surprising - much better than I expected. Nice depth and finish!Sparky G - Simsbury, CT45/2/201349/21/2012Corey Bragg - Springfield, OR46/10/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Everything you look for in a well rounded Cab. Smooth like velvet with hints of coco.46/14/2012gwendolyn - Oakland, CA54/4/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Love love love this wine. It is a delicious Australian Cabernet, with velvety tannins, ripe yet bright fruit and a lovely hint of eucalyptus, which is the hallmark of Coonawarra Cab! Delicious stuff - easy to drink on its own or with a number of foods.ds56 - Needham Heights, MA35/11/201255/9/2012Great value Cab!Stephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT34/29/2012
- Smooth & Supple
The aroma out of the first aerated pore is heavy on the spice. I can detect the Clove and bay leaf and cedar which outbalances the fruit by far. Generally, I am a fan of bigger fruit on the nose and the pallet. I hesitate to say this wine in well balanced. perhaps a year or 2 of cellaring will help. Just a bit too young for me.
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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