Jim Barry purchased the retired Penola cricket ground, pitch and pavilion, in 1997 and planted it to Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated along the famous Terra Rossa strip in Coonawarra, the vineyard produces Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality.
First released in 2005, The First XI honours the legends of Australian cricket. Those elite sportsmen who have achieved the distinction of representing their country at the highest level.
Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Coonawarra, Australia
Appearance: This wine has a deep red appearance.
On the nose: On the nose, lifted Coonawarra mint exhibits its providence, with cassis, boysenberry, tobacco and savoury herbs.
On the palate: 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.
Finish: 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.