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.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Bottle image is not correct, though it’s similar. Good enough. Here be a blend of – Lodge Hill Cab planted 97 85%, Lodge Hill Malbec planted 98 15% spending 12 months in old French 300L It’s a very blue and purple tasting wine, throbbing with dark fruit, dark chocolate with a little mint, tobacco, dried rose and subtle cedar oak. Full bodied, thick and tannic, black olive savouries mixing with deep fruit, a sort of ‘ironstone’ feeling, you might say, and a firm long finish, replete with tannin and grip. Lovely to see wines being made with an eye to uncompromising structure. The Clare Valley does this blend so well, and this is no exception.
Malbec works well into this Clare Valley cabernet. Aromas of violets, cassis, chocolate and black licorice, leading to a palate that delivers a smooth and rather full impression of fleshy, attractive fruit. A sense of freshness and energy. Malbec really fills the sails through the vibrant finish. Drink now.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Cabernet and malbec boast a je ne sais quoi regional synergy in the Clare, with mint-choc-chip-malty tones harnessing the curranty filigreed tannic arsenal of cabernet. Finishes with a bright flourish of verdant herb. Sappy and long.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep, dark red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet dominated by peppermint and charry oak. The wine is straightforward and bold, rugged and full-bodied, with firm astringency and needs food or age to mellow it out. It's firmly built and will no doubt live long and well, but it's a definite minty style and might polarise tasters.