The Florita Vineyard at Watervale is a Clare Valley jewel, long the source of some of the region's finest Riesling. This wine speaks to the remarkable Riesling legacy of the Florida site. The Barrys have created a Riesling (first vintage 2004) worthy of Florita’s name and heritage. Purity in a glass, citrus and stone fruit sing from the Florita. Intense on the nose with a nip of fruit sweetness.
"Very pale straw-green; as precise a rendition of Clare Valley riesling as one could wish for, coming from one of the most historic vineyards in the region; perfectly articulated lime/lemon citrus flavours lead, with green apple in the background, the parcel wrapped up with perfect acidity."
97 points, Wine Companion (September 2013)
"The power and depth of this wine exceeds all the other Jim Barry wines on the market today. Rose's lime juice and mineral are welded together in multiple mouthfilling layers. It will continue on this trajectory for years to come."
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Lemon/lime Splice, citrus peel, green apple, slate and steel. Crisp, crackling acidity, very fresh feeling, some chalky texture, finishes long and juicy. Really pleasing, pure, pristine Riesling style – driven by acidity, but coated in gently sweet fruit flavours. Crowd pleasing, with some precision."
93 points, The Wine Front (February 2015)
"Light yellow hue. Very restrained aromas with some green apple. It's very delicate, restrained and subtle, with lovely balance between the lemony fruit and acidity. It's dry to finish but without austerity. Good length: that seeming paradox of great delicacy with persistence. A very fine wine indeed. A keeper."
95 points, The Real Review (June 2014)
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Jim BarryJim Barry, named after the eponymous founding wine maker, is one of the stalwart wineries of the Clare Valley. In 1959 the late Jim Barry purchased land near the township of Clare, replanting much of it to vineyard. Under the leadership of managing director Peter Barry and sons Tom and Sam Barry the brand has gone from strength to strength. Jim Barry is best known for its flagship Shiraz The Armagh, but also produces an impressive range of wines including Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard holdings in the Clare Valley and Coonawarra.