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One of the first out of the blocks for '16. Jim Barry's Rieslings have exceptionally low pH, starting as low as 2.86, and acidity as high are 7.3g/l. This is a vibrantly alive wine, with vivid lime and mineral flavours on the long palate. Please yourself whether you drink it now or 10 years hence. Value++. Drink by: 2029; Price: $19.00; Date Tasted: July 2016; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 94 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion

Even as a baby, this looks like being a very good ‘classic’ release of Watervale Riesling. It’s clean, quite pretty, with ripe lemon and lime, has clean acidity, a stony feel along with a good amount of flavour and a kiss of sweetness. Finish has crunch and finesse, with length to go. Already a pleasure to drink. Get stuck in. Drink : 2016 - 2026+; Rated : 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

It is always interesting to follow the race to be the first to release new-vintage wines; and this was the first 2016 to land on my doorstep. If it is a harbinger then there will be plenty of smiles because it is, as is usually the case, a wine that offers outstanding value. This is the entry level Jim Barry riesling but it offers classic Clare Valley/Watervale pleasures with zingy lemon and lime sorbet notes on the palate along with grapefruit notes. There's plenty of refreshing acidity but it is beautifully balanced for a wine so young. Wine of the Week; Windsor Dobbin

Ridiculous value for the money spent. Riesling lovers should fight their way to the counter for stuff like this. Loaded with lemons and limes - there's a neat citrus drive throughout. Greens apples deliver extra charisma as do distinctive bath salts plus talc calming appeal. Deliciously moreish and refreshing, this exemplifies why Riesling is so great. Rating: 92 Points; Qwine 

The first of the 2016 wines reviewed here comes from the Barry family’s historic Florita vineyard at Watervale, the Clare Valley’s southernmost sub-region. The late Jim Barry bought Florita from Lindemans in 1986. It had been source of many great, long-lived Lindemans and Leo Buring rieslings made by John Vickery from the 1960s. The new wine shows remarkable floral and citrus-like perfume – characters reflected on a fruity, brisk and thrilling dry palate. A modest outlay gives you a lot of drinking pleasure. Wine of the Week; Chris Shanahan

Summer in a glass, of sunshine and freshness. This wine simply packs into its $20 form, a punch of lemon sherbert, orange peel and musky aromatics that simply delight. Intense lemon sherbet flavour that cuts and thrusts, drives and refreshes; there's nashi pear (or papples AKA Pear Apples as they are referred round these parts) with an energetic cary towards the finish. Rating: 92 Points; The Vinsomniac


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