Winner of The Riesling Trophy Sponsored by The Canberra Times
Flavour with the face of elegance. A pure expression of region and variety, as if they were one and the same. Lemon and lime, some florals, some talc, some texture. Easy-does-it, and yet there’s more than enough intensity here. For drinking, for keeping, it’s up to you. This is a wine in a good place. 93 points, Wine Front,May 2016
Very light yellow hue; very discreet, restrained aromas too, very high-toned straw and dried floral aromatics, with a steely, mineral edge. Lots of blossomy aromatics. The wine is deliciously flavoursome in the palate with mouth-watering acidity beautifully harmonised with the fruit and perhaps a faint trace of residual sweetness. Lovely wine. 94 points, Huon Hooke, September 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.