Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
The color is a deep, intense purple. On the nose it is aromatic and complex, with a combination of fruit and spice, cinnamon, white pepper, cajun spices, mocha, liquorice and blackberry. On the palate it is immensely approachable with hints of menthol, spearmint, violets and boysenberry, with soft suple tannins.
Australian Wine Companion - "A rich and multilayered full-bodied shiraz, with an array of black fruits, licorice and dark chocolate; fine but persistent tannins to finish. Striped screwcap a design feature that works well."
Wine Spectator - "Polished and appealing for its blackberry and white pepper flavors. Finishes harmoniously, with well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2014. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 The Lodge Hill Shiraz is a single vineyard cuvee which spent 14 months in seasoned American and French oak. It displays a nose of cedar, pepper, lavender, smoked meat, and blueberry. This leads to a full-bodied, plush, easy-going wine with plenty of flavor and length. It way over-delivers for its modest price."
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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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
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- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 0
11 ratings, 7 with reviews310/2/2012I do not like shirazIB - San Diego, CA410/7/201147/18/201146/24/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC41/28/2011Steve and Ruthi - Lakeland, FL31/14/2011Fruit Forward with smooth Tannins.R. Rundt - Plano, TX41/1/2011Nicely balanced wine. I bought a case and served it to family and friends. It was a hit with all. It was great by itself or w/ cheeses or spicy foods. Excellent for the price.ACwine - Malvern, PA21/1/2011Too much variability from bottle to bottle - tried 3 of them - did not like 2 of them: felt a little oxidisedInsiderman - Warrensburg, MO510/23/2009I thought this Shiraz matches any 92 pointer, even though WS only awarded 90 points. This wine paired well with ribeye steaks and presented extraction that held up well with an onion-pepper compote. Lacks some finesse, which I expect will resolve over time. Lacks enough complexity to compare well with pricier Syrahs.Insiderman - Warrensburg, MO51/6/2010I reviewed this wine some time ago. Tonight, paired with 2" New York strip and passed through a specialty aerator, it rocked up around 94 points. Lacks complexity to compare with Lagier-Meredith or other high end wine, but was just super.47/21/2010Very nice Shiraz. Drinks like more expensive version. At this price point its as good as I've drank in a while.
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.
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