Medium deep crimson. Blackberry pastille/licorice aromas and savoury/tropical nuances. Oak dominant palate at this stage with savoury/nutty/malt oak flavours and some mulberry notes, grippy dry tannins, but excellent flavour length. Still elemental. Andrew Caillard MW (Langton's, 2002).
As ever, very dense purple-red; full-bodied, but nonetheless is disciplined, and holds its line and structure well; blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate with vanilla oak all coalesce; the wine should long outlive the cork (which is of good quality, it must be said).
94 points, Wine Companion (January 2003)
It is big, it is heavily oaked, it is syrupy and textural and dense. The oak tastes of sweet black coffee and the fruit of blackberries and tar and mint. It has a plummy brightness too and a big, flourishing finish. In its style, it has quality stamped all over it.
94 points, The Wine Front (April 2004)
The 2000 Shiraz The Armagh, produced from a 34-year old vineyard, is one of the vintage’s better efforts. Offering notes of melted chocolate, licorice, blackberries, and black currants, it is full-bodied and ripe, with low acidity as well as tremendous opulence, palate presence, and purity.
92 points, Wine Advocate (August 2003)
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.