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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
  • JH93
  • WS90
  • RP90
  • ST89
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Winemaker Notes

In 1977, when Jim Barry first purchased the Lodge Hill property, his intention was to devote the entire area to Riesling. However, there was a small area which had a gentle slope facing north, capturing the warmer conditions of the elevated site and he decided that it was an ideal place to grow a premium Shiraz.

This wine is inky, deep red in color, with aromas of black cherry, dark plums, vanilla and dark chocolate. The palate shows medium to full bodied ripe black cherry and plum fruit, subtle integrated vanillin oak with mocha richness. The fine grained talc-like soft tannins support a lingering finish.

Can be enjoyed now or will improve with careful cellaring over the next 5-7 years. Suited to robust red meat dishes such as beef or lamb.

Critical Acclaim

JH 93
Australian Wine Companion

Strong colour; blackberry, spice plus touches of prune and mint; a typical Jim Barry shiraz: big, dense, chewy and ripe.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Smooth and ripe, with hints of eucalyptus and caramel sneaking into the blackberry and tar flavor profile. Finishes with an open texture and refined tannins. Best from 2008 through 2015. 3,000 cases imported.

RP 90
The Wine Advocate

The 2005 Shiraz "The Lodge Hill" contains 5% Malbec. It was aged for 13 months in 80% American and 20% French oak. It delivers a pleasant perfume of cedar, black pepper, pencil lead, game, and blueberry. Full-bodied and structured, it has tons of ripe fruit, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2015. It is an excellent value.

ST 89
International Wine Cellar

Inky violet. Ripe blackberry and plum on the nose, with sweet mocha and vanilla building with air. Lush, creamy and very smooth, with fleshy cassis and kirsch flavors firmed by dusty tannins. Finishes on a sweet note, with very good persistence.

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Jim Barry, , Australia
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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.

Walla Walla Valley

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Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines...

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Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. It is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers. Though it is cooler and wetter than most of Washington State’s viticultural areas, irrigation from the Columbia River is still common, though some vineyards on the rainier eastern end of the AVA are able to dry farm.

The conditions in the Walla Walla Valley are perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of black olives, smoke, bacon fat, and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are produced in a range of styles from smooth and supple to tannic and structured. White varieties are a relative rarity here. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon in the style of Bordeaux white blends, resulting in a richer, rounder version take on the variety. Plantings of Viognier are minimal, but often quite successful.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from...

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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