Jim Barry The Armagh 2016
This is an iconic wine in an outstanding vintage - tiny allocation only - get yours now!
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Complex and intense notes of rich, dark fruit, spice and dark chocolate are enveloped by a velvety palate. A wine of great power, length and poise. 99 Points - Jane Anson, Decanter August 2020. 99 points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com June 2020. 97 points - Joe Czerwinski, eRobert Parker February 2020.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley, graduating with a degree in oenology from the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Founded in 1959, Jim Barry Wines is still family owned, with three generations of Roseworthy graduates. Jim’s son Peter became managing director in 1985 and today Peter’s children Tom, Sam and Olivia are the winemaker, commercial manager and brand ambassador respectively. Voted ‘2020 Winery of the Year' at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning wines. This tiny 7 acre plot in the heart of the 70 acre, Duncan McRae Wood Vineyard in the Clare Valley was planted during the harsh drought of 1968. It was in 1985, at a time when most of the rest of the Australian wine industry was pulling out vines and in serious financial trouble, that Peter & Mark Barry decided to release what at the time was Australia’s second most expensive wine. The 2016 vintage is the culmination of over 30 years of experience & learning since the first vintage release, and it is an absolutely belter. Year on year, this sandy, alluvial, clay soil, unique in the area, produces tiny, ball-bearing sized, perfectly ripe Shiraz grapes, packed with acidity and beautiful tannin maturity. With a cool fermentation (22°C), malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and then 15-17 months of ageing in 70-80% new, mainly French (90%), 300 litre hogshead oak barrels. The resulting wine in 2016 is beautiful, with outstanding balance and elegance whilst still packed with all the juicy fruit you would expect of the best Australian wines.