We’re proud to present this multi-vintage collection of St Clare wines. Four vintages of Cab Malbec and straight Malbec, the St Clare wines shine a light on one of the Clare’s unsung heroes. Modern classic wines that collectors of Wendouree will get immediately.
Contains one each of the following:
Jim Barry Wines St Clare Dry Red Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley 2015
Jim Barry Wines St Clare Dry Red Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley 2016
Jim Barry Wines St Clare Dry Red Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley 2017
Jim Barry Wines St Clare Dry Red Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley 2018
Jim Barry Wines St Clare Dry Red Malbec, Clare Valley 2018
Jim Barry Wines St Clare Dry Red Malbec, Clare Valley 2016
"Beautiful thick ferrous tannin weaved through black fruit, plum, pencil and dried roses, just a flicker of mint and dried herb in the background, along with some coffee and black olive. It’s ripe in fruit, though essentially savoury, it’s fresh, beautifully balanced, but thick and sinewy. The finish is long and packed with tannin. Great wine."
96 points, The Wine Front (June 2020)
"A 90/10% blend. The ultra-retro label might lead you to think the Eastern Ranges label is of greater importance/quality. Well, this is by a large margin the better wine. It is full-bodied, the fruit overflowing , the malbec playing a positive role in putting fleshy fruit wherever and whenever the cabernet missed a beat. I just don't get the label."
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"A modern classic with retro labeling. This Clare Valley red blend has a proven track record in the region. Aromas of blueberries, blue plums, cassis, wet stones and dried herbs abound. The palate has an immaculate sense of ripeness and takes a savory stance in which the tannins are confidently expressed ahead of fruit sweetness. Finishes with concentrated dark plum stones. Kind of cryptic at first but this will deliver with time."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (December 2018)
"Opened this a few days ago and it was pretty tight and stringy, so I popped the very nearly full bottle into the fridge and came back to it a few days later. It’s better now, though still pretty wiry and what you might call a little ‘ascetic’. Purple colour and smells, hazelnut and violet, plums and mint chocolate. Medium bodied, ample flavour of dark fruit and nuts, but sinewy and firm in tannin, with a briary character coming through, freshness and vigour though, and a particularly long and tannic finish. It’s a good wine – a slow reveal – that will take a lot of time in the cellar."
93+ points, The Wine Front (March 2017)
"The blood, and the blood plum, liquorice, dried rose, dried mint. Medium-bodied, meaty and dense, black olive rolled in dried herbs, orange rind, raspberry tang to the acidity, chalky and ‘mineral’ feel, bold flavour, and a hazelnut and bitter chocolate finish of excellent length."
94 points, The Wine Front (June 2020)
"Malbec has this irrepressible energy to it when it's grown in the right place, and it's clearly happy in the Barry family's Lodge Hill Vineyard. These 20-year-old plantings have delivered a gently glossy array of blackcurrant and red-plum flavors and polished tannins that grasp the finish in a handy style. The length is impressive."
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 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.