Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2010
Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
The wine in the glass has crystal-like clarity, with a straw color and green hues. The aromas are rich and lifted, focusing on cumquat, pink grapefruit, nectarine and limes, showing its Lodge Hill vineyard heritage. The palate is supportive of these aromas and is enhanced by a zingy natural acid backbone and flavours of mandarin, white peach and strawberry at the forefront. The wine has immense length and intensity of flavor, with a crisp, clean finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Pale straw-green; back label hyperbole to one side, the wine has a highly fragrant and attractive blossom bouquet, the palate lively and expressive, with lime juice fruit and a well balanced finish. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Quintessential young Clare Riesling, with lime sherbet aromas and flavors and a delicate thread of talclike minerality running through it. It's light to medium in body, very clean, fresh and zesty on the finish. Drink now, or hold 5-7 years to allow a more evolved, toasty character to emerge."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright straw. High-pitched aromas of lemon zest, lime, quince and white flowers. Dry, steely and precise, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of white pepper. The firm finish offers very good cut, leaving floral and chalk notes behind. This would be a good cellar candidate. "
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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 & 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.