About This Wine
“Sometimes it takes longer than a lifetime to do a lifetime’s work.”
So said Jim Barry, a pioneer of the Australian wine industry, who passed away in 2004. Added Barry: “It’s now up to my children.” Today, Jim Barry Wines is headed up by Jim’s second son, Peter, who is carrying on the family winery’s commitment to innovative viticulture and technological excellence in the cellar.
“Our philosophy is very simple,” Peter Barry tells us. “It’s to own our own vineyards in order to develop the best fruit flavors possible, and then retain those flavors during winemaking. We have complete and utter control over every stage of production, from vine to wine.”
The family’s estate vineyards in Australia’s Clare Valley and Coonawarra regions provided the fruit for the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, known as “The Cover Drive.” It’s a vivacious wine that delivers plenty of enjoyment — a delicious tribute to Jim Barry’s lifetime of work.
About Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep color and richness with the potential to age a long time, and better still if aged in oak before bottling. Classic flavors blackcurrant, plum, cherry and spice. The most popular varietal of red wine in America.
- Grape Composition:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Grape Source:Clare Valley and Coonawarra Growing Areas of Australia
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Currant, Blueberry, Cedar, Blackberry, Cassis, Black Cherry & Savory Oak
- Aging Vessels:50% American & 50% French Oak Barrels for 12 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestiona turkey burger, or a sausage pizza.
The fruit for Jim Barry's 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. Jim Barry continually gives great value at the -entry- level and I have yet to see any compromises even in the difficult vintages such as 2008.
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