…flaunts a gorgeous aromatic red and black fruit core intermingled with clove, chocolate box, and eucalyptus aromas that are still very primary… It has a really fine palate that is very elegant yet powerful. With vibrant acid, firm and very fine tannins, the flavours are rich and layered with spices coming through on the long finish. Drink from 2015 to 2030+ 99+ points, Wine Advocate.
Deep but bright purple-crimson; a deeply-woven bouquet of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum flows through into the rich, multi-layered palate; while oak and ripe tannins are also plentiful, the balance and harmony of the wine mean it is not the least ponderous. A 30-year life is conservative. 97 points, Wine Companion.
Rich, dense fruit, but freshness too – is that a glimmer of red fruit? Well I never. Cinnamon and vanilla – high quality oak. Blackberry and blackcurrant with a floral edge to it. Super fine tannin, sure length, some restraint here, but so young it feels like a barrel sample. Very fine wine. Such good tannin. Mouth perfume. Elegance. 96-97 points, Wine Front.
Deep, dark red/purple hue; bouquet of espresso coffee, toasty barrels, mocha and smoke. Lashings of oak! The palate is full-bodied and dense, concentrated, rich and powerful, but also nicely balanced and neatly crafted. No hint of overripeness here. Lovely wine. Long, long carry. Drink 2015-2043. 96 points, Real Review (10/2015).
Very deep, dense, dark purple colour, highly saturated. Massively intense black fruit and aniseed aromas of great intensity and concentration. Powerful, lingering, still a baby and somewhat unformed. Tannins are very ample and strong, but not tough. It will be excellent in a few years. Tremendous length. Acidity is lovely. Even at this early stage, oak is not prominent. Excellent wine, and very long-term. Drink 2016-2040. 96 points, Real Review (5/2013).
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.