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.
"Strong colour; blackberry, spice plus touches of prune and mint; a typical Jim Barry shiraz: big, dense, chewy and ripe. "
Australian Wine Companion
"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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
Mr. 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!