Jim Brand Wines Domain Cabernets 2018
- Textured, savoury
When a multi-generational family run Coonawarra winery offers up its reserve cabernets, you jump at it. Jim Brand is a powerhouse producer who does cab sav very, very well. This is leaning more towards medium-bodied but still exhibiting a concentrated fruit profile of cherry and cassis. It’s the grace and structure from the tannin and hints of cedar that really put it a step above. Nothing wrong with feeling a bit classy, is there?
“Offering opulence and grace in one, this magnificent wine shows cassis, spiced cherry, vanilla, cedar and cigar notes on the nose. It's equally impressive on the palate, displaying outstanding concentration and depth combined with silky mouthfeel and fine chalky tannins, offering impressive structure and length.”
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Jim Brand Wines
Jim Brand was born into a winemaking dynasty and was responsible for the iconic wines of Brands Laira. His dream was to make wines under his own name having spent years finely tuning his art with these great wines of the Coonawarra region. It was cancer that thwarted this dream, with Jim sadly passing away in 2005. This dream did not die with Jim however, with his son Sam committed to seeing his father’s dream become reality. Jim Brand is the ‘silent partner’ in this wine and whilst his physical presence may be missing, his influence, inspiration and spirit are tangible. Jim Brand is synonymous with proud Aussie wines and a proud history, a worthy legacy of a great man. The Brand family will be drinking his wine for decades to come in honour of Jim, and so will we.
Coonawarra = Cabernet. True in a sense, but also simplistic. Some of the best wine from the Coonawarra is Shiraz, which is frequently overlooked in the search for the perfect Cab Sav. Not to belittle Coonawarra Cab either, but it's funny how often we get caught insisting that one variety is the best expression of a specific place, grown in a variable environment with so many factors at play. All we're saying is: don't miss the great wines that aren't the usual suspects. Coonawarra has quite a few amazing hands other than their trump card.