A mature and refined cabernet sauvignon, Jim Barry The Benbournie has a bouquet of complexity, with lifted aromas of cedar, menthol, blackcurrant, cigar box, roasted capsicum, nutmeg and marzipan. The palate is soft and supple, displaying a textural component that has been made more prominent by extended maturation in the bottle. The wine has a vibrancy of fresh fruit that shows potential for further development with age.
Background: The Benbournie region was settled in 1853 by Catholic German friends of local priest, Father Kranewitter. The tiny settlement compromised about 15 mud huts surrounding a Roman Catholic chapel. The small community's optimism was built on copper mining, however the industry's decline signalled its demise before the turn of the century. All that remains today are a few ancient vines, fi g and almond trees.