2015 Jim Barry "Cover Drive" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia

SKU #1420752 Bob Campbell

 Deepish red/purple colour, with a shy, earthy bouquet showing some tomato-bush and undergrowth notes. The palate is medium to full-bodied and well presented, with slightly grabby tannins, but all in all, very good value at the price. (Huon Hooke, The Real Review)  (2/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon The Cover Drive has a classic cassis and dried herbs-scented nose with suggestions of pencil shavings, underbrush and cloves. Medium-bodied, youthful and elegantly played on the mouth, it has an approachable frame of chewy tannins and herbal lift on the finish.  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

Cover Drive is a cricket term that is akin to a "Home Run" in US baseball. 20 years ago the family went to Coonawarra, 500 kilometers southeast of Clare Valley and purchased last remaining block on the fabled Terra Rossa, The property was the retired Penola Cricket ground, left the pitch in the middle and planted the vineyard around it. 100% Coonawarra, 90 acres of Cabernet, planted 1998, five different Cab clones, sought out original clones from ancient vineyards in Coonawarra, totally intermixed. Coonawarra is much cooler than Clare and harvests three weeks later most similar to Bordeaux cliamte. In a place where 90% of the fruit is machine harvested, Jim Barry still picks by hand.


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Coonawarra

Alcohol Content (%): 14