A brilliant deep red colour and showing a nose of sweet oak, blackberry and cassis fruit. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with ripe blackberry fruit and subtle vanillin oak, with a lingering finish supported by fine grained tannins. The Cover Drive is made with selected parcels of fruit from family owned Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Clare Valley and Coonawarra to produce a wine that is rich, soft and approachable. Aged for 12 months in American and French oak.
Background Information: On the southern boundary of Coonawarra is the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions in 1950. Sadly, the ground closed in 1996. Soon after Jim Barry purchased the 30 acre property and planted a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The original pavilion and pitch have been retained, thus preserving an important piece of Coonawarra sporting history.