Very deep, dense, dark red/purple colour. An extraordinary bouquet of black fruits, licorice, espresso coffee and almost toffee-like charred oak. It's full-bodied and dense, fleshy and smooth, with lashings of soft, velvet-smooth tannins and great harmony. Masses of dark chocolate and aniseed. An opulent, extravagant, showy style of shiraz. A bit over-the-top?Drink 2015-2040. 97 points, Real Review (10/2015).
Very deep purple/red colour. Massively smoky, toasty char-oak influenced and old-viney aromas. Full-bodied and profound, with great power and density, weight and length. This is impressive stuff. Black fruits, coffee, chocolate, some licorice. It fills every corner of the mouth. Superb wine of tremendous power and density. A great shiraz. Drink 2015-2041. 97 points, Real Review (5/2013).
Inky crimson-purple; laden with voluptuous, but not jammy or dead, fruit in a blackberry, licorice and prune range, the tannins remarkably soft for a full-bodied wine, oak unobtrusive.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2009)
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.