Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 2014
This wine has a dark, inky red hue. It shows lifted notes of red and black berry fruits on the nose, a touch of graphite earthiness, savoury spice and creamy nougat oak in support. Mixed dark berry fruits on the palate, vibrant acidity and fine grain tannin lead into a long, persistent finish. Great drive and depth of flavor, a touch of earthy complexity, and a seamless structure.
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An old-school, classically styled shiraz that has an assertive savory-framed core of red-plum and mulberry aromas and flavors. The nose is quite pared back, and the palate unleashes more showy power and spicy oak influence. A weighty finish. Drink now.
Jim Barry's 2014 Shiraz The McRae Wood offers bold notes of mulberries, mint and cedar on the nose. It's full-bodied and supple in texture, with hints of mocha, roasted meat, and some brighter cherry notes that peek through on the sturdy, firm finish. It's drinkable now, but should evolve well for a decade or more.
Although it's dry, this wine conjures up dessert in a glass. Ripe, almost syrupy, cassis and plummy fruit mingle with milk chocolate and vanilla, with a swizzle stick of eucalyptus on the side. There's just as much plush primary fruit on the palate, and a good amount of oak influence too. Not everyone's cup of tea but in general this is a likable, no-hard-edges example of a sunshine-soaked South Aussie Shiraz.
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.
The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay; westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf influece this area's climate.
The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.
Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.
Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”