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.
"The vineyard was planted by Leo Buring in '62, purchased from Southcorp in a Bond Moment by the Barry family in '86. It always produces grapes with an ethereal ability to transform the very good into a category of its own, glistening like pure silver reflecting the rays of the morning sun."
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Brisk and pure, intensity of flavour, delivered with precision, closing with superb length, dusty tracks of talc-like texture in its wake. Lemon, lime, a little bit of ginger and bathtime florals. Happy days. It’s a sizzler."
95+ points, The Wine Front (November 2018)
"Palish colour and a youthful, faintly yeasty aroma - the palate is intense and tightly-focused, a little straightforward at this stage, but it's young and undeveloped, with the merest hint of sweetness and a lot of flavours in the lemon citrus spectrum. The finish is firm and dry, the middle more juicy, and it's refreshed by vibrant acidity. Young and arguably unready today, it has a very bright future."
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
This is fantastic with so much crushed-stone and mineral character, as well as green apples and limes. Full-bodied, dry and flavorful. Bitter lemon and steel.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2019)
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.