Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 1998

Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia

Item No. 92674
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • W&S91
  • JH91
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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."
91 Points

Learn About Jim Barry Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Clare Valley

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 Facts Since...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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