Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2018

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JBAM201810 UCNZ
  • The Armagh is regarded as one of the finest shirazes in the country.
  • Well weighted with firm, fine tannin in support of the abundance of persistent, lively flavour.
  • A wine of great power, length and poise.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $389.99
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  • Markus Del Mone
    97 points
  • Decanter
    96 points
  • Huon Hooke
    96 points

Editors notes

The zenith of red winemaking at Jim Barry Wines, with incredible flavour & power, whilst still showing finesse and restraint. A lovely, concentrated wine, with aromas of mulberry, sarsaparilla and vanilla entwined with sage and violet notes. Intense flavours of elderberries, plum, sage and five spice. The palate is medium bodied with a flow of purple fruit and fine sandy tannins. A wine of great complexity built to develop through the ages.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Markus Del Monego

    97
    "Intense purple colour with violet hue and black core. The oak is still a bit upfront but will probably melt down with some age. Displaying a rather opulent yet slightly closed nose with ripe fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries, mulberries and elderberries, elegant toasting aromas and hints of cold smoke. On the palate rich yet elegant with complex approach, dark berries and black stone fruit, distinct toasting flavour backed by ripe tannins and mild acidity. A wonderful wine with lingering fruit and toasting aroma in the finish, excellent length and promising potential."
  • Decanter

    96
    "Such incredible perfume and florality from this standout Shiraz, so expressive and captivating, filled with roses and violets alongside cherries and plum fruit, milk chocolate and some sage notes. Medium-bodied on the palate but it’s the texture and overall presence of the wine in the mouth that gives this star quality. Tannins are fine and seductive cashmere-like, edged with fruit intensity and spicy sides. This has a good energy to it, mouthwatering and pulsing with life with a long finish and lift at the end. Precision and power - built to last."
  • Huon Hooke

    96
    "Very good colour, deep and plenty of purple in the hue, the bouquet dried herbs, thyme and sage, licorice and a hint of eucalypt 'forest floor'. The wine is full-bodied, concentated and fleshy with sumptuous mouth-feel and fruit-sweetness at its heart. A hint of raisin, in a perfectly acceptable way, not overripe or 'dead fruit'. A statuesque shiraz that is beginning to drink very well but has many more years up its sleeve."

Other vintages

Love this wine? Here's a list of other vintages we have in stock if you'd like to try them as well.

  1. Jim Barry 'Armagh' Shiraz 2016
    • Variety Shiraz
    • Vintage 2016
    • Brand Jim Barry Wines
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Red
    • Alcohol Percentage 14.0% Alcohol
    Jim Barry 'Armagh' Shiraz 2016
    • Nick Stock
      99 points
    • Joe Czerwinski
      97 points
    • James Halliday
      96 points
    • Gary Walsh
      95 points
    • Jane Anson
      99 points
    $420.00
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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

About the brand Jim Barry Wines

Jim Barry Wines is an inaugural member of Australia's First Families of Wine. Founded back in 1959 by Jim and his wife Nancy, the winery has a great track record for producing high-quality wines particular in the realm of Riesling where the two helped establish the Clare Valley as a benchmark for the variety.

Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker in the region having graduated as only the 17th student to gain a Degree in Oenology at the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College back in 1947. Having worked for 2 decades at the Clarevale Co-operative, he then went on to establish Taylors Wines in 1969.

10ha of vineyards throughout the subregion of Armagh and the greater Clare Valley are key to the longevity of Jim Barry wines. The terroir of Clare Valley with its night-time temperature-drops & limestone soils makes for great Riesling and provides the necessary acid and structure to assist long-term cellaring of the reds.

Although Jim Barry passed away in 2004, the winery is in good hands with the family still very much a part of the operation. His philosophy was to make wines that are both enjoyable on release and reward long term cellaring and he was posthumously given the 'Legends Hall of Fame' award in 2014. Jim's sons Peter, Mark & John all play a part and now 3rd generation Tom (Gourmet Traveller's 'Young Winemaker of the Year 2014) and Sam work as winemaker and commercial manager for Jim Barry Wines.

Their most popular wines include the highly collectible Armagh, Benbournie, First Eleven, The Lodge Hill Shiraz, The Barry Brothers, The Florita, The Lodge Hill Riesling, Watervale Riesling and more.

 

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