The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. Today the company is headed by Jim's second son Peter. Jim Barry Wines produces their estate wines from family owned vineyards in the Clare Valley and Coonawarra. The Amragh Shiraz, with The McRae Wood Shiraz, The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon, Florita Riesling and the Lodge Hill are the super premium wines of the portfolio.
95 Points - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016
When one thinks of Clare Valley's Jim Barry and in particular the Lodge Hill label, the immediate thought is for outstanding Riesling produced from the property. Purchased in 1977, Barry's intention was to devote the entire area to Riesling. However, there was a small area which had a gentle slope facing north on which he grew premium Shiraz. It is this fruit that has produced the Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 2014. At WineStar we have really got behind this label in the past couple of vintages (2012 and 2013) but the 2014 really is one out of the box.
Unmistakably Clare, the bouquet has a dark cherry, spice and a hint of mint. The darker spectrum continues in the mouth but the luscious dark fruits offer a ripe tinge before the acidity keeps the fruit in check and ensures a wonderful balance of pure fruit and savouriness. The fine, lingering tannins and texture offered are almost Wendouree-like which is a descriptor the relatively older audience will very much appreciate at the price! An excellent wine, just like its predecessors it got better the longer it was opened. It is altogether elegant, complex and as thought provoking as it is gluggable. A decade of great drinking for less than twenty bucks! Drink: Now – 2025+; Quality: Excellent BW; WineStar© October 2016
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