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Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz - Clare Valley

Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2016 - Clare Valley

Vintage: 2016 | Type: Reds | Producer: Jim Barry
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.0%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

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jamessuckling.com
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Decanter Magazine
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eRobert Parker
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James Halliday Wine Companion

$330.00: as part of any six
$340.00: single bottle
$990.00: per case of 3

The name of ‘Armagh’ was bestowed by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849 and named the lush, rolling hills after their homeland. In 1968 the vineyard was planted by Jim Barry and yields less than two tonnes per acre. The soil is sandy gravel and receives an average rainfall of 600mm per year.

The vineyard lies on a north-west facing slope which actsas a natural sun trap. Wine has been flowing in the Clare Valley since 1851 and is an integral part of the culture. It is one of Australia’s most prestigious premium wine regions, most famous for its Riesling and Shiraz. A small area, accounting for less than 1.5% of Australia’s total wine production. With its beautiful, rolling hills, ideal winter rainfall and Mediteranean climate, the Clare Valley carries a unique history and winemaking heritage.

Crimson red with a magenta hue in the glass. The nose shows intense, fragrant aromas of ripe black fruits, figs, apricot and wet stone with graphite notes. The palate opens with wet stone, ripe berries, coiled tannins and graphite.  As the wine opens and relaxes it shows more black fruits and oak, laced with wet stone.  A wine of enormous complexity and longevity.

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Our notes

A true Australian icon, the 2016 we recently tasted with Sam and Glen Barry (via Zoom of course) is a cracker. This wine will have a very long life in the cellar.  SB

Reviews


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jamessuckling.com
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. www.jamessuckling.com, 23 Jun 2020

Nick Stock


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Decanter Magazine
“This is a brilliant wine that makes you sit up and pay attention. Concentrated and mouthwatering with spicy licorice 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.”Drinking Window 2022 - 2040

Jane Anson


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eRobert Parker
“My pick of the recently bottled vintages, the 2016 The Armagh Shiraz shows a bit more obvious oak (simply because of its youth) but also a wonderful taut tension between ripeness and acidity. The fruit here is a bit redder in profile, leaning more toward raspberries than blackberries, while still being fully ripe . Full-bodied and supple, it finishes cedary, intense and long, adding in complex, lingering spice notes.”

Joe Czerwinski


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James Halliday Wine Companion
The Barry team extracts the maximum from the vineyard with a deft (14.2% alcohol) touch. It’s savoury and earthy, its tannins are four square and ready, charred meat in another channel. It’s utterly original, whether or not the family thought they could match grange. To know the wine you don’t have to love it but you do have to respect it. Halliday Wine Companion 2020

James Halliday


Producers notes

The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of Australian table wine, graduating with the 17th diploma in winemaking in Australia. He went on to become the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and with his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business, which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the custodian of Jim Barry Wines is their second son Peter, who joined the family winery in 1977 and now works along side his own sons, Tom and Sam.

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