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Jim Barry the Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley/Coonawarra 2008
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. This great wine offers a melting pot of aromas. It has a self-effacing scaffold of oak, and is dominated by varietal character. Underlying milieu of spice and perfume. Spice, Vanillin, Cedar, Cassis, Raspberry, Red Capsicum, Violets, Fennel, Oregano. It has a plump yet austere palate with lingering length and depth. Firm yet passive tannins. Purple and red fruits. Well incorporated classy oak provides a secondary dimension. Provide a platform for ageing. Blackcurrant, Blackberry, Mulberry, Spice, Concentration, Muscle. While approachable enough to be imbibed immediately, short to medium cellaring will reward those with self control with a wine that will continue to evolve for 5-7 years from release.
The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. He was the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and with his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the company is headed by Jim’s second son Peter, who took over from his father as Managing Director.
The theme is long. Long legs. Long finish. And I think this is one for long aging. It's still a bundle of fun, but I'd like to see what it could do in 5 years. 88/100
External Reviews for Jim Barry the Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley/Coonawarra
WA 90pts. - Winemaker Notes - Lively and vivacious. Fresh, lively blackberry fruits. Cassis, blackcherry. Distinctive Coonawarra cassis character. Subtle integrated savoury oak. Fine grained, chalky tannins.
The fruit for Jim Barrys 2008 Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 50% Clare Valley and 50% Coonawarra. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives pronounced aromas of eucalyptus, warm blackberry and crushed blueberries with some cinnamon and cloves plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to high acid and a medium to high level of finely grained tannins support the ample flesh in the mid palate of this full bodied style. The finish is long and minty. Approachable now, it should be best 2011 to 2018. Bright, focused and generous, shooting a solid beam of cherry, sassafras and dried herb flavors through a long, vivid finish. Stylish and deftly balanced. Drink now through 2015. 4,000 cases imported. -HS Bright ruby. Smoky cherry and redcurrant on the nose, with notes of dried rose and mint adding complexity. Chewy red berry and cherry skin flavors are tightly wound and slow to unfurl, but offer good lift and cut. A bit hard to read today: more tangy than sweet and finishing with good...
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