The Cover Drive

Love the look of this bottle from Jim Barry, the Cover Drive. Non cricketers amongst you will ask what is a cover drive? It’s to do with stroking the ball through to the boundary using you feet and arms/wrist making a deliberate graceful movement towards the pitch of the ball just outside off stump.

What’s this got to do with this bottle of wine I hear you cry, well, apparently Jim Barry purchased the 30 acre old Penola cricket ground in 1996 in Coonawarra, south Australia and planted a vineyard there and with selected parcels from their vineyard in Clare valley, they came up with this Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, A superb fruit forward Cab which also has a really striking (sorry about that !) label.

Ian Bell drives through the covers before rain arrives at Trent ...
Ian Bell with the perfect Cover Drive

Jim Barry ‘Cover Drive’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Jim Barry The Cover Drive

Before I start I must say for the price £8.99 on Multi buy at Majestic this is a real bargain for what I think is a brilliant Aussie Cab in a ultra cool bottle.

Take the cap off and ripe red fruit aromas leap from the bottle, very plummy with a hint of vanilla and mint. Deeply coloured in the glass and fairly full bodied in taste, this was bursting with mouth watering acidity, very fruit forward again, with some cedarwood and vanilla, tannis are fine grained and there is a touch of oak but all of it is nicely balanced.

What really shines here is the fruit, great with food but I’d quite happily drink this on it’s own and to be honest I left a drop in the bottle and it tasted even better the next day.

My Cork Rating
My rating 8.75/10 corks

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