2016 Jim Barry Armagh Shiraz
"The name Jim Barry is synonymous with Clare Valley family winemaking excellence. Graduating in 1947 as the 17th student with a degree at Roseworthy, Jim Barry with his wife Nancy went on to establish his own venture by purchasing property in 1959. Their sons Peter, Mark and John joined to grow the business to what it is today with Peter as the current managing director. Peter’s sons Tom and Sam are about to take over the Barry family reins, but as with such situations, handing over is never easy." Raymond Chan
What The Critics Say
99/100 Decanter, Jane Anson
"This is a brilliant wine that makes you sit up and pay attention. Concentrated and mouthwatering with spicy liquorice root and black cherries. Needs a couple more years to fully open but already it packs a punch without being overpowering, and it achieves the feat of great wines where you simply know how good they are by how your palate responds to the effortless balance of tannin, juice and brambled fruit. Long ageing potential also. 3.5pH, 70% French oak, 30% American oak. From sandy gravel soils with full sun exposure meaning natural low yields of around 30hl/ha." Drink 2022 - 2040
99/100 James Suckling ( Nick Stock)
"“Wow. This is a bold, brassy Shiraz that carries a wealth of very intense aromas of ripe blackberries, dark plums, licorice and sweetly spiced earth. Still so very youthful and primary. The palate is so powerful, so mouth-filling and so, so juicy. This manages to deliver such intensity and composure. Supple, long and deep-set tannins and heroically expressive fruit. Really impressive now, but this will deliver much more over the next two decades. One of the finest releases to date.” 99 Points – Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
95+/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
"It was a good red vintage in the Clare Valley. The Armagh is one of those wines that is unashamedly old fashioned, perhaps the domain of red-faced men in business suits calling for a bloody big beautiful top end Shiraz, though the quality of tannin, I must say, is pretty impressive. Lavish levels of toasty spicy oak over blackberry, sage, dried mint and oyster shell savoury stuff, some latent floral perfume waiting to escape. It’s deep and full bodied, intense and purple tasting, thick grainy tannin, almost an ironstone sort of quality to them, fresh acidity, and a long tannic grilled meat and fig finish. It needs, or demands, at least a decade of cellaring." Drink 2030 - 2040+
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
|Maturity||2022 - 2056|
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