Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label

Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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750ML / 15% ABV
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Winemaker 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 color 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 the patience to cellar for 2-3 years.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon The Cover Drive, a knock-out value, represents one of the finest bargains in Cabernet Sauvignon in the marketplace. Terrific minty, black currant aromas jump from the glass of this savory, fleshy, medium to full-bodied, silky-textured, luscious Cabernet. Readers who are wondering about Jim Barry’s flagship offering, the Shiraz Armagh, should refer to issue #155, where both the 2001 and 2002 received fabulous reviews. I have not yet tasted the unreleased 2003 The Armagh. However, I did recently taste the 1989 Shiraz The Armagh, and rated it 93 points. It is a magnificent wine still on the upside of its potential. These cuvees can easily last 20-25 years.
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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.

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