Deep red/purple dense colour, the aromas bright and nutty oak scented, with violet and star anise notes. Traces of jam and licorice. It's rich and fruit-sweet on the palate, smoothly textured and beautifully balanced. Lovely big style of wine, with depth, texture, power and a touch of elegance. Long living. Fresh for its age. Drink 2015-2040. 96 points, Real Review (10/2015).
One of the most colossal wines in all of my tastings was Jim Barry’s 2004 Shiraz The Armagh, a 100% Shiraz aged 16 months in French and American oak. It is an opaque purple-hued, super-intense effort displaying great precision and richness. Notes of melted asphalt, acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, and espresso roast emerge from this full, dense, opulent Shiraz. The finish lasts for over 45 seconds. This is a great example of one of the icons of Australian Shiraz. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
98 points, Wine Advocate (October 2006)
Glass-staining violet. A huge and strikingly pungent bouquet of blackcurrant, kirsch, candied licorice, chocolate, vanilla bean, flowers and incense. Deep and sweet, with impressively concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors bordering on liqueur-like but firmed by youthful tannins and brightened by sneaky minerality. Black cherry preserve, candied violet and mocha qualities build on the expansive, long finish, utterly saturating the palate. Surprisingly precise for a wine with such concentration and built to last.
93 points, Vinous (September 2007)
"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)."
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2007)
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.