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 and is now owned and managed by Peter Barry, a second generation family winemaker.
Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley, graduating as the 17th student to gain a Degree in Oenology at the famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. His son Peter followed in his footstep and graduated from the same program in 1985. In 2010, Peter ’son Tom graduated from the University of Adelaide Waite Campus (formally Roseworthy Agricultural Collage) making the Barry’s the first family owned winery in Australia to have three generations of Roseworthy/Waite graduates.
Jim Barry Wines’ philosophy to winemaking is very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking.
JIM BARRY 'THE FLORITA' RIESLING 2013, CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
LCBO PRICE $19,95
This wine comes from the Florita vineyard, a seventy five acre block established one mile south of the Watervale Township near Clare. It was purchased in 1986 by Jim Barry’s sons but since Leo Buring first registered ‘The Florita’ trademark in 1946, they were forced to wait to name the vineyard as such, until 2004 when they finally procured it.
In the glass, it is the palest silvery yellow.
On the nose, it is zesty with herbal aromas, wet rose petals and a hint of clover honey.
On the palate, it is full of lemon and lime zest, a little almond extract and honey. Refreshing acidity and a persistent citrusy finish.
A wonderful sipper or enjoy with a Thai green mango/papaya and giant shrimp salad!
JIM BARRY 'THE ARMAGH' SHIRAZ 2006, CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
LCBO PRICE $270
All fruit for this 2006 The Armagh Shiraz hails from a small vineyard of the same name. It was planted by Jim Barry in 1968 and yields less than two tonnes per acre.
The name of ‘Armagh’ was bestowed by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849, and named the lush rolling hills after their homeland.
The wine was described by Peter Barry as an elephant in ballerina shoes and it is absolutely stupefying! In the glass, it is the deepest purple with a multitude of inky legs.
The nose is explosive with aromas of currants, baking spices, dark fruitcake, espresso, soft oak and a touch of cedar.It is immense and expansive on the palate. A real beauty! Full of very ripe dark fruit compote, spice, cacao powder and a little soya sauce. Meaty tannins, mouth-watering acidity and a seemingly endless smoky finish.
Enjoy on a stormy night with a perfectly grilled rib-eye steak!