Certain names resonate strongly within the halls of Australian wine history. Jim Barry is one such name. It was Jim Barry’s drive and community spirit that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.
This fairly new venture from Jim Barry has become a beacon for alternative varietals in Australia. With similarities to Clare Valley Riesling, with its notes of lemon, melon and saline, the wine has found a new home in South Australia.
'I first tasted Assyrtiko in August 2006 while on holiday with my wife Sue on the Greek island of Santorini, birthplace of the Assyrtiko grape variety. The crisp, acidic qualities reminded me of our Clare Valley Rieslings and yet it was a flavour I had not experienced before. Intrigued with this newfound variety, I began the process of importing cuttings into Australia through quarantine. In August 2012 we planted Australia’s first Assyrtiko at our Lodge Hill Vineyard, a special and unique site treasured by my family and suited to this variety. Our Assyrtiko journey has been fascinating and has enabled us to produce a wine which, I believe, is a true expression of the variety. I hope you find the flavours as interesting as I did in 2006.'
Peter Barry, Third Generation Family Winemaker
Variety: 100% Assyrtiko
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia
Estate grown: 100%
First release: Vintage 2014
Analysis: Alc/vol 12.5%; Total Acid 6.9g/L; pH 2.8
Drink by: 2024
Ideal serving temperature: 8˚C
Winemaker: Peter Barry
This wine is a vibrant pale straw colour in the glass. Opens with lifted floral aromatics, followed by notes of pear and lime. Great concentration of flavour to open, with stone like minerality running the length of the palate. A refreshing line of acidity gives the wine a lively feel, finishing with a fine chalky texture. Super refreshing, the perfect match for fresh Australian seafood.
Previous Vintage Scores
'Grows character with each vintage, especially its linearity and power on the finish; a crystalline, minerally and fresh aftertaste.'
94 Points - James Halliday
'Pale, almost water-white colour. The aromas are very new and fresh, restrained and unevolved, with faint confectionery and peppery herbal notes. The palate is soft and round, full and yet not big or heavy, but ample and soft-textured, with abundant fruit and a certain subtle juiciness. The intensity and vitality are impressive. I sense this will be even more rewarding after a few more months in the bottle.'
92 Points - Huon Hooke