Jim Barry

The Armagh Clare Valley Shiraz

9.3178 ratings
9.260 pro ratings
Clare Valley, Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Beef, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Lamb, Pasta, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Very ripe on the nose, a bit caramel. Lots of game, leather and spices. Drink now, won’t get any better in my opinion.

Very ripe on the nose, a bit caramel. Lots of game, leather and spices. Drink now, won’t get any better in my opinion.

Jan 29th, 2020
Ceccherini Cristiano

This is close to perfection
Fairly big body not huge, but driven by an agility, suppleness, drinkability tremendously out of the ordinary
I have had other vintages and I must admit 2012 is arguably the best or close second to the 98.
Statement :I love Clare Valley shiraz, it is surely the most Rhone like 100% shiraz, for the big bold body u need to add malbec or mataro. Almost flawless
Silky tannin and long

This is close to perfection
Fairly big body not huge, but driven by an agility, suppleness, drinkability tremendously out of the ordinary
I have had other vintages and I must admit 2012 is arguably the best or close second to the 98.
Statement :I love Clare Valley shiraz, it is surely the most Rhone like 100% shiraz, for the big bold body u need to add malbec or mataro. Almost flawless
Silky tannin and long

Oct 4th, 2019
Ceccherini Cristiano

Missing that bit to go on another level
Still extremely well made and delicious
1990 must have been an amazing vintage in SA because everything I drink from this vintage is super tasty and in balance almost 30 years later

Missing that bit to go on another level
Still extremely well made and delicious
1990 must have been an amazing vintage in SA because everything I drink from this vintage is super tasty and in balance almost 30 years later

May 6th, 2019
BurgundyFan

Dark berries, vanilla, chocolate

Dark berries, vanilla, chocolate

May 27th, 2018
Ron R
9.6

20 years in, this is sheer brilliance. Still possesses an excellent fruit profile. Herbs and tobacco are beginning to emerge. Lovely structure on the palette. This example will sail on for years to come.

20 years in, this is sheer brilliance. Still possesses an excellent fruit profile. Herbs and tobacco are beginning to emerge. Lovely structure on the palette. This example will sail on for years to come.

Mar 7th, 2018
Adam Nelson

Unabashedly aussie. Lots of jam and ripe fruit

Unabashedly aussie. Lots of jam and ripe fruit

1 person found it helpfulMay 10th, 2015
Nestor Tsioustas

Intense powerful nose but the fruit has dropped off. My colleague put this big boy into a decanter for too long. Thanks Simon! 85 points.

Intense powerful nose but the fruit has dropped off. My colleague put this big boy into a decanter for too long. Thanks Simon! 85 points.

1 person found it helpfulDec 19th, 2014
Simon de Pass

Big big big and that's about it! One of the worst things I have put in my mouth. 83/1000

Big big big and that's about it! One of the worst things I have put in my mouth. 83/1000

1 person found it helpfulDec 19th, 2014
Ben Spicer

From mag

From mag

Mar 5th, 2017
Scott Rowe

I'm amazed this was even remotely approachable during a tasting at the cellar door.
Unfortunately the price tag of almost AU$300 doesn't sit well.

I'm amazed this was even remotely approachable during a tasting at the cellar door.
Unfortunately the price tag of almost AU$300 doesn't sit well.

Feb 22nd, 2017