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Saturday 16 April 2011

Majella Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Tough vintage 2007, with frost wiping out about 1/2 the fruit; the quality of the fruit that remained was apparently high - but yields decimated.

So from that, Majella have managed to craft a comely cabernet exhibit typical cassis, cedar and plum on the nose.  Yet it is also redolent of Coonawarra, you can almost sense that Terra Rossa soil.  The palate shows an incredibly light mouthfeel, rendering as quite a thin medium bodied wine.

Tannins are fine and deliver well into a decent lengthy finish; whilst the length is good there is a slight raw edge - some green capsicum - to it on initial opening.  This shakes off over a 24 hours, the palate showing more primary fruit and allowing some classy oak to shine through on the finish.

Majella have managed to craft a decent wine from a tough year.  Coonawarra fans would have stuck by them and everyone no doubt would have heralded the well received 2008 vintage.  To see where this wine was around 2 years ago, visit Chris Plummer's Australian Wine Journal (where I borrowed the bottle image from :).

Source: Winery
Price: $33
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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  1. Good to see this wine revisited and the bottle again Stu :) There weren't many of them.
    It kinda takes me down memory lane; I think that was the second bottle image I posted on Australian Wine Journal?

    I think the only other red Majella made from 2007 was The Musician. Did you try it Stu? I thought it was a brightly flavoured, brilliant success for the label (I can recall drinking about 3-4 bottles), which only aided my disappointment when the 07 CS arrived really.

    Chris P

  2. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the comment. I bought a mixed doz in 09 from majella (knowing it was a tough year) but like their sufficiently to do that.

    The musician, despite it's tragic origins, is a magnificent wine and one I was familiar with in the UK. It never fails to disappoint. Whilst this CS is a little disappointing, it is only really so in the context of previous and subsequent releases.

    I've two more to go...