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    Jim Barry

    Certain names resonate strongly within the halls of Australian wine history.

    Jim Barry Wines is one of those names. It was Jim Barry’s drive and community spirit that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark in the world of Riesling and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.

    Jim Barry Wines has an innovative approach to viticulture and a strong commitment to technological excellence in winemaking. This philosophy is fundamental to the company's ability to consistently produce wines of the highest quality which have won international recognition.

    Matthew Jukes, one of the UK's most influential wine writers named Jim Barry Wines "Winery of the Year" 2016/2017. Jukes said the award was recognition for the Clare Valley winery’s “stellar work” in “all sectors of their portfolio”.

     

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    Jim Barry-The Florita-Riesling-2015-750mL

    Jim Barry-The Florita-Riesling-2015-750mL

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    The story of Riesling in Australia is as old as the wine industry itself. Aficionados will remember the legendary “dry white hock style” wines from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

     

    The greatest Rieslings of that era came from the revered ‘Florita’ vineyard—a seventy five acre block established one mile south of the Watervale township near Clare in the early 1960’s. Jim Barry’s sons purchased The Florita vineyard in 1986. Leo Buring first registered ‘The Florita’ trademark in 1946, and Mark, Peter and John were forced to wait, somewhat anxiously, until finally procuring it in 2004.

     

    The 2015 ‘The Florita’ expresses a pale straw shade in the glass with a slight green tinge.

     

    Tasting notes:

    Opens with powerful floral aromas of rose water, lime citrus and hints of freshly cut Nashi pear. A wine of immense drive and purity. Tightly wound within snappy laser focused acidity and crisp lime juice fruit at its core. Shows the hallmarks of a youthful but restrained Florita with a promise of more to come. Pure lime fruit is dominant with a long citrusy finish.

     

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    Picture of Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 2013 750mL

    Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 2013 750mL

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    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.

     

    Tasting notes:

     

    This wine has a dark, inky red hue. It shows lifted notes of black berry and blueberry briary fruits, liquorice, perfumed- violets, and a lick of toasty vanillin oak.

     

    The palate is restrained in its youth, whilst having the concentration and depth the McRae Wood is famous for vibrant dark forest fruits of blackberry and plum are complemented by a rich streak of earthy goodness.

     

    This wine shows a generous girth with rich fruit cake fruits, cherry and blackberry supported with balanced acidity and complex, delicate grained tannins.

     

    Made using the ‘Jim Barry’ method and as such can be enjoyed upon release, but would equally benefit from cellaring to allow the wine to show some mature characteristics that come with age.

     

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    Picture of Jim Barry The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 750mL

    Jim Barry The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 750mL

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    The Benbournie region was settled in 1853 by Catholic German friends of local priest, Father Kranewitter. The tiny settlement comprises about 15 mud huts surrounded by a Roman Catholic chapel. The small community’s optimism was built on copper mining, however the industry’s decline signalled its demise before the turn of the century.

     

    All that remains today are a few ancient vines, fig and almond trees. 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.

     

    Tasting notes:

    This wine is a deep crimson red in the glass. Intensely aromatic with a mix of both red and black currant fruit with a hint of savoury spice and dark mint chocolate.

    Opens with a burst of dark vine fruits countered with notes of sage and clove spice. Layers of fresh currants, spice, earth and chocolate give the palate great intensity and depth of flavour.

    This vibrant core of fruit runs long with fine, graphite like tannin and cedary oak. A soft, layered, tireless finish closes out a wine of great balance and cellaring potential.

    Food Matching : rack of baby lamb

     

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    Picture of Jim Barry 'Pb' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 750mL

    Jim Barry 'Pb' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 750mL

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    It's fascinated the way by which Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend so well together in a harmony of the senses.

     

    Tasting notes:

     

    This wine has a rich inky red hue in the glass.

    On the nose it shows fruit cake characters, blackberries and cranberries, rounded off by secondary aromas of nutmeg with a finish of sweet mint.

     

    Bursting with vibrant bright red fruits, the palate has a lovely juiciness with a lick of earthy mushrooms and truffles. This wine has a nice oak drive, providing balance and persistence, which continues to develop. Feminine tannins maintain its youth with bright primary fruit and integrated sweet vanilla and cedary oak.

     

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    Picture of Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 750mL

    Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 750mL

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    This wine is bright plum in colour with purple tints. The nose shows intensely complex characters of blackcurrant and cedar spice. This is followed on the palate by an eruption of fruit flavours -primarily dark cherry and blackberry, with a distinctive Coonawarra cassis character. The tannins are fine grained and supple and the wine has a long, integrated finish. As with previous releases of ‘The Cover Drive', the wine displays harmonious balance. This wine has been named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak. The nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson. A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours. Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more. For more than 50 years, Jim Barry Wines has consistently produced wines of international acclaim. 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, also graduating as a winemaker. Peters eldest son Tom completed his Oenology degree in 2009 from the same university, making Jim Barry Wines the first family owned winery in Australia to have three generations of graduates from this course. (James Halliday)Jim Barry Wines has an innovative approach to viticulture and a strong commitment to technological excellence in winemaking. This philosophy is fundamental to the company's ability to consistently produce wines of the highest quality which have won international recognition.
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