A dry age-worthy style, Jim Barry’s Lodge Hill Riesling can appear tightly wound in its youth, blossoming with time into a wine with superb grapefruit citrus, lime intensity, length and line. Enjoy a bottle now, and put five aside for something truly special in a few years’ time.
A veritable Clare Valley classic, this “very smart” Riesling (Huon Hooke) speaks to the Barry family’s commitment to consistency and excellence.
"Perfumed and spicy, lime and lemongrass. Intense flavour burst, a kind of rugged charm too, with chalky texture, some citrus pith, and a good finish of solid length. DRINK TO: 2035+" 93 points, Gary Walsh (November 2018)
"Very light colour and a restrained, fresh young aroma, with subtle dried flower and dried herb nuances. The wine is juicy in the mouth, showing abundant fruit and softness, charm and early accessibility - without being forward. It has refinement and charming fruit flavour. A very smart young riesling that will richly reward a little cellaring. DRINK TO: 2028" 93 points, Huon Hooke (September 2018)
Canberra International Riesling Challenge: Elite Gold (Equal or better than 96 Points)
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.