Jim Barry Wines is a family winery based in the Clare Valley of South Australia. The company was founded in 1959 by Jim and Nancy Barry. The company is now owned and managed by Peter Barry, a second generation family winemaker. Jim Barry Wines is home to some of Australia’s favourite wines such as The Armagh, The McRae Wood, The Benbournie, First Eleven, Pb, The Cover Drive, The Lodge Hill Shiraz, The Barry Brothers, The Florita, The Lodge Hill Riesling and Watervale Riesling.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Jim Barry transformed the Penola cricket pitch to a vineyard of cabernet, in '97. This is the result, released in stellar years only. Confident in a mid-weighted gaze of red to blackcurrant notes and terracotta warmth, with earthen tannins strident across its midriff. Stiff upper lipped, but warm of fruit, this is at once firmly astringent and generous. Bay leaf and a waft of menthol service a herbal underbelly.
A distinctive array of leaves and forest wood sits through redcurrant and sappy fruit aromas. The palate has taut, elegant and long, sleeve-like fruit texture with tangy red plums and raspberries to close. Quite taut. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
A classic Coonawarra nose of mint-laced cassis emerges from the 2015 First Eleven Cabernet Sauvignon. More concentrated and structured than the entry-level Cover Drive, it's medium to full-bodied yet tight and silky-textured, with elegant hints of pencilly French oak framing the long finish. It should drink well for at least another 5-6 years.