A powerhouse release. It rips, it churns, it impresses and most all: it gets on with business. Dense black berried fruits of various persuasions, coffee-cream oak, sprinkles of dried herbs and a surge of flavour and tannin to close. It's like admiring a big sea; the power complete with the glory. 96 Points, Campbell Mattinson
Deep purple/red colour with a fresh, super-ripe, fruit-driven bouquet of blackberry, cranberry and black cherry. Some spices and even a hint of pepper. It's tight and firm on the palate, a little young right now but with lots of potential. Ripeness is excellent, and the wine is not a blockbuster but on the more elegant side of the scale. Very good. Drink 2018-2045. 95 points, Real Review (10/2015).
Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savory classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. It's dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff.
96 points, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
Rich and black fruited, dried mint, creamy coffee nougat oak, spice and a dusting of pepper. Full bodied, but only just, with red and black berries, dried mint and sage, toasty oak, firm grainy tannin and well-settled fresh acidity. Finish is toasty and lively, with serious length of flavour. More to come.
94 points, The Wine Front (April 2017)
Ripe but pretty aromas of blackberries, plum essence and cassis meet with licorice and chocolate as well as undertones of orange peel. Full body, grainy and intense tannins and a charcoal-like, long finish.
94 points, jamessuckling.com (January 2018)
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.