Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
This is a big, full-bodied Shiraz, showing colors of inky, ruby red and purple tints. The nose displays intense aromas of black fruits: blackberry, raspberry and mulberry, along with hints of violets and nutmeg. The palate is dense, with flavors of plums, licorice, black cherry, coffee and spice. The tannins are finely grained and unobtrusive, while the finish shows excellent length This wine will develop even further complexity with age.
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep vibrant colour; lush blackberry, licorice, mocha/vanilla flavours all coalesce on the medium- to full-bodied palate; well-balanced oak and tannins; long finish. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 The McRae Wood Shiraz spent 15 months in American oak. It is opaque purple-colored with an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, bacon, and blueberry. Layered, with excellent depth, it has plenty of spicy, savory fruit, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it several years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2011 to 2020. "
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Powerfully scented nose offers a suave bouquet of boysenberry, candied blackberry and smoky herbs. Broad and concentrated, with deep dark berry flavors of liqueur-like richness and texture. Subtle minerality adds energy and keeps this wine from going over the cliff of richness. Finishes with impressive cling and length, echoing the boysenberry note. This will need rich food."
Wine Spectator - "Supple, generous and appealing for a strong peppermint quality to the red cherry and raspberry fruit. Aims for sleek texture, but the tannins get a bit raw on the finish. Needs time to settle in. Best from 2010 through 2017. 200 cases imported."
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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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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