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Jim Barry 'The Armagh' Shiraz Clare Valley 2012 (6 bottle case

Complex and intense notes of rich, dark fruit, spice and dark chocolate are enveloped by a velvety palate. A wine of great power, length and poise.

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6 bottles: £947.94

RRP: £195.00
You Save: £37.01 (19%)

Data sheet

Alcoholic strength14%
GrapesShiraz 100%
Serve withslow roasted lamb or aged Comté
Contains sulphitesYes

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Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley, graduating with a degree in oenology from the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Founded in 1959, Jim Barry Wines is still family owned, with three generations of Roseworthy graduates. Jim’s son Peter became managing director in 1985 and today Peter’s children Tom, Sam and Olivia are the winemaker, commercial manager and brand ambassador respectively. Voted ‘Winery of the Year’ by Matthew Jukes they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning wines.

The iconic and renowned 'Armagh' vineyard was named by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849 and called the lush, rolling hills after their homeland. In 1968, the vineyard was purchased by Jim Barry who planted it with Shiraz. Today these lowyielding vines produce less 27 hectolitres per hectare. The soil is sandy gravel and receives an average rainfall of 600 millimetres per year. The vineyard lies on a northwest facing slope which acts as a natural sun trap, ensuring the fruit is always fully ripened at harvest time. The vines are trained on a single cordon to promote even canopy growth. The removal of excessive shoots shortly after budburst, and crop thinning at véraison to remove any green bunches ensure the vines remain in balance. The Clare Valley climate is continental with a high diurnal temperature difference. The cool nights allow the vines to recover and produce Shiraz with even ripening of tannins and flavour.


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