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.
This Riesling was sourced from the Lodge Hill vineyard, which was purchased by Jim in 1977 as he was sure it would "produce some of the best Riesling in Clare." Situated on the eastern ranges of Clare, Lodge Hill is one of the highest vineyards in the Clare Valley, sitting at an altitude of 480 metres above sea level. Riesling suits south or east facing slopes as they are shielded from the hot northerly winds, while also receiving the cooler morning sun. The soil is brown loam over clay and slate bedrock which has free draining properties. The climate is continental with a high diurnal temperature difference, promoting the preservation of crisp natural acidity and delicate flavours. The grapes are hand-picked at the optimal ripeness to deliver a generous and opulent style.