Wine Review: Five Star Cabernet Sauvignon

Jim Barry’s 2014 ‘The Cover Drive’ Cabernet Sauvignon.


Cover Drive is a cricket term for the type of shot played by the batsman hitting the ball along the ground in the direction of cover. The relevance of the name is in reference to the history of the ground on which Jim Barry’s latest vineyard now sits – the old Penola cricket ground – on the southern boundary of Coonawarra in the Clare Valley. Coonawarra wines are now generally recognised as being amongst the greatest in the world. This wine is a bloody good Cabernet Sauvignon. It is full bodied and rich in flavour. In the glass this wine shows a bright garnet red with a violet hue. The nose opens with juicy blackcurrant aromatics balanced with subtle notes of black olive, cigar box and turned earth.

The flavour lasting long on the palette with generous flavours of redcurrants, mulberry and Damson plum with streaks of liquorice. Soft, silky tannins round out a harmonious and moreish wine, which can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years.


Remember to drink responsibly.