Region: Clare Valley, SA
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The Armagh vineyard was first planted to Shiraz in 1968 by Jim Barry. That means this years release of the 2018 vintage marks the 50th anniversary of this iconic vineyard - and what a wine the Barrys have crafted to mark the occasion - it is just so that they have been award the coveted 100 points for their efforts.
The vineyard behind this true national benchmark Shiraz, is a north-west facing slope not far from the Clare township, sitting at 360m altitude. The vineyard is comprised of "light brown, sandy clay topsoil with a pebbly alluvial layer overlaying a mottled clay subsoil."
The wine is crafted from fully de-stemmed and carefully sorted berries, aged for 15 months in 75% new French oak. Clocking in at an impressively modest 13.6% ABV this year - and all the better for it.
Winemaker Tom Barry believes this is one of the finest vintages ever produced, and it seems that the press would agree. Have a read below.
“A meaty, savoury, spiced nose, something so welcoming about it, warm and friendly with a touch of perfume, dark chocolate, cinnamon and pink peppercorn to the blackcurrant, damsons and plums. Rich, ample and generous, yet delivered with such supple and velvetysoft tannins. This has an elegance to it, a cool sophistication in terms of the profile - neat and tidy, quite linear right now, brimming with energy, not yet fully expansive or loose, but quietly controlled and calm. It’s confident though with invigorating acidity and I love the focus, detail and the purity of fruit. Sweet red fruits - strawberries, raspberries and red cherries with a slight balsamic, pomegranate edge that is so delicious. Juicy, crunchy, succulent and ripe but with an effortless edge to it. Supremely drinkable and likeable - what a gorgeous wine! A quality vintage and excellent winemaking skill on show”.
100 Pts, Georgina Hindle, Decanter