Jim Barry First Eleven Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
An exceptional Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the famous Terra Rossa soils that lie beneath an old cricket pitch.
This wine has a deep red appearance. On the nose, lifted Coonawarra mint exhibits its provenance, with cassis, boysenberry, tobacco and savoury herbs. Bright currant and dark cherry fruit is flanked by fine, savoury tannin, giving the palate both intensity and directive structure. Layers of sweet fruit and savoury notes combine to give a wine of complexity and seamless balance. A persistent finish displaying distinctive Coonawarra cassis fruit and mouth-coating, chalky tannin closes out a wine that has the potential to cellar well over the next decade.
The Coonawarra region (380km south-east of Adelaide) is famous for its terra rossa soil and the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. The former cricket ground was purchased by the Barry’s in 1998, and comprises of 10.5 hectares. The vines are planted around the retired cricket pitch, aptly inspiring The Cover Drive and The First
"The First XI honours the legends of Australian cricket. Those elite sportsman who have achieved the distinction of
representing their country at the highest level. The best of the best.” - Peter Barry
To honour these standards, The First XI is only produced in exceptional years. This 2015 release is the ninth since the inaugural 2000 vintage. So when you next enjoy a glass of The First XI, toast the legends for whom the wine is named… those who have made it to the top of their craft.
Style: Medium - Full Bodied
Soil: Terra Rossa
Ideal serving temperature: 18°C
Drinking window: Now - 2045