A Jim Barry and Clare Valley classic red wine, the 2014 McRae Wood Shiraz has a dark, inky red hue. It shows lifted notes of red and black berry fruits on the nose, a touch of graphite earthiness, savoury spice and creamy nougat oak in support. Mixed dark berry fruits on the palate, vibrant acidity and fine grain tannin lead into a long, persistent finish. Great drive and depth of flavour, a touch of earthy complexity, and a seamless structure.
"First made in '92 as a junior brother to the Armagh from an estate vineyard planted in '64. It sits well in the mouth, but its quality comes into high relief on the finish and aftertaste. Here dark berry fruits, spice, licorice and leather all dance a jig together. It's on the way to greatness." 94 points James Halliday Wine Companion
"A little story from the annals of ‘GW telling you how good he is’, comes from well over a decade ago, where we had a blind tasting dinner (*yawn*), and I picked one of the wines, straight off the bat, as the 1995 Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz. Well, there was absolute silence, and a legend was born that night. Since then, not been quite so lucky, having identified an old Cowra Chardonnay as Raveneau, and a host of other howlers. Still, I love to relive the magic of that one time…
Dark fruit, like blackberry, toasted spices, mint, sage and dill, roast coffee oak – a savoury cast to the wine, anyway. Medium bodied, again toasty and spicy, with fresh dark berries layered in with regional mint, fine powdery tannin, and a coffee and toast finish of fine length. Needs a bit of time to resolve, and sweeten up (perhaps), but a good iteration of this wine." 92Pts, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front