"This is no pushover in the company of The Armagh, and it's a whole lot easier to enjoy, even though the day for each is long off. Here the fruits are rounder, the tannins following suit - even touches of red/purple fruits here. Once again, a wine to be respected. And enjoyed."
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
"Deep, dark colour and a strong toasty oak boquuet, walnuts, freshly-turned earth and dried spices. The wine is full-bodied, rich and fleshy, with very good density and length. A complete, full-bodied wine, with generous supple tannins. Impressive."
92 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Dark fruit, walnut and wheatgerm, dried mint, toasty and spicy. It’s medium to full-bodied, nutty and tightly packed with tannin, salted beef and spice, fresh blackberry acidity, and a firm long finish. Good shape and intensity. It could do with a few more years in bottle to let it unfurl.
92+ points, The Wine Front (January 2020)
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.