Jim Barry

The McRae Wood Clare Valley Shiraz

9.1154 ratings
9.026 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
Bob McDonald

We recently had a 40 wine blind tasting at the Downs Club to select a new Premium Member’s Claret. This wine was in my Top 5 but in the end did not get the nod. Dark rich colour with plenty of ripe fruit and toasty oak but still manages to have notes of black pepper in this full bodied red. I liked this from an exceptional vintage in South Australia.

We recently had a 40 wine blind tasting at the Downs Club to select a new Premium Member’s Claret. This wine was in my Top 5 but in the end did not get the nod. Dark rich colour with plenty of ripe fruit and toasty oak but still manages to have notes of black pepper in this full bodied red. I liked this from an exceptional vintage in South Australia.

Nov 8th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Dark garnet with medium+ aromas of black fruits, spice and cedar. On the palate flavors of blackberry, black cherry, cinnamon and cedar with some dried berries and mushroom notes. Full body with vivid acidity, medium tannins on lingering finish ending with dried fruit and oaky notes. Very Nice, can still age a bit. Tasting Sample.

Dark garnet with medium+ aromas of black fruits, spice and cedar. On the palate flavors of blackberry, black cherry, cinnamon and cedar with some dried berries and mushroom notes. Full body with vivid acidity, medium tannins on lingering finish ending with dried fruit and oaky notes. Very Nice, can still age a bit. Tasting Sample.

Sep 2nd, 2019
Bob McDonald

Earthy aromas with cranberry and Basil. Some Clare Valley menthol but not as much as Wendouree from Clare. Oak influence has minimised but it would have got a fair hit when made. To summarise a medium to full bodied Clare Valley Shiraz drinking well.

Earthy aromas with cranberry and Basil. Some Clare Valley menthol but not as much as Wendouree from Clare. Oak influence has minimised but it would have got a fair hit when made. To summarise a medium to full bodied Clare Valley Shiraz drinking well.

Apr 28th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Deep purple with berry fruit aromas with cedar spice notes. On the palate juicy cherry and blackberry flavors with cedar, leather and sweet savory spice. Attractive tannins, lingering finish ending with sweet oak. Drinks well. Very nice!

Deep purple with berry fruit aromas with cedar spice notes. On the palate juicy cherry and blackberry flavors with cedar, leather and sweet savory spice. Attractive tannins, lingering finish ending with sweet oak. Drinks well. Very nice!

Jan 10th, 2019
Carter Nixon

You think you don’t love Aussie Shiraz? Think again.

You think you don’t love Aussie Shiraz? Think again.

Nov 16th, 2017
Cuvée Corner

Dry, lean and rustic dark fruits, plum skins, blueberry, painted over taunt tannins. In the glass, pie sporting a crimson bowl. Loads of under brush and wild licorice. It's so good to a Shiraz showing some restraint, nicely done!

Dry, lean and rustic dark fruits, plum skins, blueberry, painted over taunt tannins. In the glass, pie sporting a crimson bowl. Loads of under brush and wild licorice. It's so good to a Shiraz showing some restraint, nicely done!

3 people found it helpfulAug 9th, 2014
Beth Novak Milliken

Pencil shavings, big and bold, more massive than the other wines we have had, yet tannins are powdery. Cocoa powder w/a touch of mocha. Black pepper. Fig. Is ripe. Level says 14%, but it's higher than that, I think. Soft, is ripe.

Pencil shavings, big and bold, more massive than the other wines we have had, yet tannins are powdery. Cocoa powder w/a touch of mocha. Black pepper. Fig. Is ripe. Level says 14%, but it's higher than that, I think. Soft, is ripe.

1 person found it helpfulJan 1st, 2020
Steve Elsis

Bold. Dang

Bold. Dang

1 person found it helpfulSep 4th, 2014
Michael Larner

Tons of menthol on the initial aromas, great red fruits, and cigar box flavors. Yummy, but typical Aussie.

Tons of menthol on the initial aromas, great red fruits, and cigar box flavors. Yummy, but typical Aussie.

1 person found it helpfulApr 5th, 2014
Charles Schneider

Jam, on jam, with a side of jam

Jam, on jam, with a side of jam

1 person found it helpfulJul 21st, 2013