Category Archives: Clare Valley

2002 Jim Barry The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon

Jim BarryThis evening we carefully decanted a bottle of Jim Barry “The Benbournie”, a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from the excellent Clare Valley region in South Australia.

This quality red wine provided us with a very pleasing bouquet – a solid plum, blackcurrant and a hint of spices.  Given the age (with about 6 years of cellaring), this 13 year old Cabernet had matured well in the bottle.

In respect of the age and quality, we decanted the entire bottle into a Riedel decanter and let it breathe for over an hour before serving.  We used Riedel Cabernet glasses from the VInum series.

We especially liked the tapered aftertaste, which lingered on the palate making for a most pleasing drinking experience.  Nice ruby red colour and medium to light bodied finish.

Another excellent release from Jim Barry wines, we’re adding it to the stellar list of vintages, lead by their flagship ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz.

The 2002 vintage is drinking now and for at least 4-6+ years, possibly longer.

You can also review the winemaker’s tasting notes for this vintage here.

Benbournie Jim Barry Benbournie

2006 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

Taylors Taylors St Andrew 

This fine evening, over an evening of cards, we unscrewed a 40th anniversary release of Taylors St Andrews (limited release) Cabernet Sauvignon from the well regarded Clare Valley in South Australia.

This bottle, in the more pricey $$-$$$ bracket was not disappointing.  Given about fifteen minutes (or perhaps more) to breathe in the bottle, the initial pour was quite outstanding.  A very nice ruby red colour (pictured above) complete with a perfumed smoky scent.

Taylors St Andrew 2006 Taylors St Andrew Cabernet

The body was quite lush and viscous, as a somewhat forceful swill was to reveal.  Even in rather cheap glasses, the wine really stood out.  Strong tannins and oak in flavour with ever so slight hints of mint and blackcurrant; with a peppery finish.

The wine on the whole was well received by all on the night, the bottle not lasting very long!