The Barry family, the Riesling luminaries of the Clare, are exploring further afield. Their inaugural Jim Barry Tamar Riesling was sourced from the Native Point Vineyard, a site established in the Tamar Valley 1999.
The Tamar Valley runs north-west from the city of Launceston, spanning both sides of the picturesque Tamar River before it empties into the ocean. Distinctly cool climate, albeit, with considerably more humidity than the denser plantings of the southern zones of Tasmania, the geology is of the Jurassic Dolerite era, dating back 160-175 million years. Key soils include black alkaline, cracking and friable clay pocked with stony neutral soils, along with sandy loams. The synergy with Riesling is clear, although Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate the region.
After fermentation, the nascent wine was left on gross lees for an extended period of six-months. This reductive approach serves to imbue textural intrigue while imparting a steely, mineral-clad tension. Additional bottle age, pre-release, facilitates further complexity and poise. 90 dozen produced.
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.