Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
In 1977, when Jim Barry first purchased the Lodge Hill property, his intention was to devote the entire area to Riesling. However, there was a small area which had a gentle slope facing north, capturing the warmer conditions of the elevated site and he decided that it was an ideal place to grow a premium Shiraz.
This wine is inky, deep red in color, with aromas of black cherry, dark plums, vanilla and dark chocolate. The palate shows medium to full bodied ripe black cherry and plum fruit, subtle integrated vanillin oak with mocha richness. The fine grained talc-like soft tannins support a lingering finish.
Can be enjoyed now or will improve with careful cellaring over the next 5-7 years. Suited to robust red meat dishes such as beef or lamb.
Australian Wine Companion - "Strong colour; blackberry, spice plus touches of prune and mint; a typical Jim Barry shiraz: big, dense, chewy and ripe. "
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and ripe, with hints of eucalyptus and caramel sneaking into the blackberry and tar flavor profile. Finishes with an open texture and refined tannins. Best from 2008 through 2015. 3,000 cases imported. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Shiraz "The Lodge Hill" contains 5% Malbec. It was aged for 13 months in 80% American and 20% French oak. It delivers a pleasant perfume of cedar, black pepper, pencil lead, game, and blueberry. Full-bodied and structured, it has tons of ripe fruit, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2015. It is an excellent value."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky violet. Ripe blackberry and plum on the nose, with sweet mocha and vanilla building with air. Lush, creamy and very smooth, with fleshy cassis and kirsch flavors firmed by dusty tannins. Finishes on a sweet note, with very good persistence."
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Jim Barry Winery
From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy. View all Jim Barry Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood).
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for food.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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1 rating, 1 with review410/26/2008Mr. Barry made a very good decision when he chose to plant for Shiraz as well. This wine has wonderful aromas and the palate brings both fruity and spicy tastes to it that begin subtly, but blossom into a wonderfully full, rich finish. While the suggestion is to pair with beef or lamb, I have paired with both steak pasta with great success. A wonderful wine, especially at the price!
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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