Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 1998
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
The wine is deep red brick in color. The nose displays subtle oak with plums, blackberry and a hint of mint. The palate is soft, with ripe berry fruits, supple tannins, licorice and well balanced oak.
Cellaring has benefited this wine immensely and it is drinking superbly. As with all aged reds, the wine will benefit from decanting a short time before consuming.
International Wine Cellar - "Dark red. Smoky, open nose offers powerfully ripe kirsch, dark berry and plum aromas complemented by dried herbs, rose and cured tobacco. Supple and sweet, the dark berry flavors a tad spirituous but betraying no harshness. The tannins have fallen away, revealing a creamy, lightly roasted blackberry and plum personality. This would be an excellent companion to aged beef or venison."
Wine & Spirits - "A river of black cherry and espresso coffee flavor flows though this wine and ends at roast duck. Not particularly complex, this is dark, rich and feels complete. Ready to enjoy."
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium to full red-purple; a typically fragrant and lush bouquet with a mix of berry, mint, cedar, tobacco and spice is followed by a plush palate ranging through all of the flavours of the bouquet with chocolate and mint to the fore; the oak is controlled, as are the tannins."
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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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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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.