Deep crimson red with purple tints. Shows the hallmarks of low-yielding vines, with intense, tightly-coiled aromas of cranberry, mulberry, boysenberry and spearmint and underlying notes of rosemary, sage, cinnamon, cedar and black pepper. On the palate, flavours of redcurrants, black cherries and blueberries are in abundance, with an undercurrent of freshly turned earth and truffles in the background. Great length of flavour and power, while still showing finesse and restraint. A challenger to Henschke Hill of Grace as leading Australian single-vineyard Shiraz.
Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2012 Armagh has a very complex nose of ripe, red and blackcurrants, black cherries accented by hints of aniseed, beef, fertile earth and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, the mouthfilling and intense palate has elegant, earthy and savoury nuances. seamlessly intertwined with pure fruit and shaped by ripe, rounded tannins, balanced freshness and a very long, structured finish. 98 points, Wine Advocate.
Deep dark purple/red hue; a bouquet showing some chaffy, jammy and overripe nuances. It's almost a little closed at the present. The palate is a little broad and lacking shape, the tannins chewy and pervasive. A trace of pepper, which isn't often seen in Armagh. Firm, well-crafted tannins that run the length of the palate. Very good... will be long lived. Drink 2017-2045. 94 points, Real Review (10/2015).
Rich and beefy, oyster shell and liquorice, mint chocolate, blackberries and toast. Full bodied, glycerol feel with fresh acidity, gentle grainy tannin and a cool truffle and menthol aftertaste. Has a subtle peppery edge and raspberry flavour, which is welcomed. Good length and vitality for a big wine. Will be interesting to see how it evolves.
92+ points, The Wine Front (May 2016)
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.