Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley
From a large number of some of Clare’s best sites Peter and Mark Barry continue to build on what their father made famous over four decades, but whether the wines will now show more individuality or refinement remains to be seen. Reds are the mainstay: deep, impressively rich and concentrated if relatively unsubtle are Shiraz McRae Wood and Cabernet Sauvignon First Eleven. A premium Cabernet Benbournie is also made. However, it is for The Armagh that Jim Barry is best known. Considered one of the region’s super-reds, it is an uncompromisingly big, thick, extracted and oaky Shiraz with a long track record dating back to 1985. It is made from very old, unirrigated vines and nearly always achieves the balance that some mega-Shirazes lack but must be kept for a minimum of a decade. Riesling is sourced from the Florita vineyard (in Watervale), first made famous by Leo Buring.
Lodge Hill is toasty, limy and flavoursome with moderate structure but ‘The Florita’ has much greater expression, density and structure and is now recognized as one of the region’s leading examples. Watervale Riesling (only available in Australia) shows good typicity and represents good value for money. Production is a substantial 60,000 cases, though much of that is accounted for by more ordinary reds and whites.
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