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Jim Barry Shiraz Clare Valley the Armagh 1998

Member Review by Stephen Harvey:

I had the pleasure of drinking this wine with its maker Peter Barry at his 50th Birthday in 2009. Finally I waited long enough to try a 98 past its 10th Birthday. Armagh is a single vinyard wine from the Northern end of Clare. As a young wine is is usually too tannic with explosive fruit to drink. The top Armagh vintages require at least 10 years to be in a good mood for drinking. There is a really strong backbone of excellent Clare fruit which has still got an excellent blackcurrent flavour, but the wine is now starting to develop nice secondary flavours from the Oak and fruit integration and chocolate and almost nutty falour is beginning to come through Excellent example of the wine Pete is trying to make.

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Jim Barry Wines:
The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. He was the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and with his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the company is headed by Jim’s second son Peter, who took over from his father as Managing Director.

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Snooth User: Stephen Harvey
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4.50 5
11/11/2010

I had the pleasure of drinking this wine with its maker Peter Barry at his 50th Birthday in 2009. Finally I waited long enough to try a 98 past its 10th Birthday. Armagh is a single vinyard wine from the Northern end of Clare. As a young wine is is usually too tannic with explosive fruit to drink. The top Armagh vintages require at least 10 years to be in a good mood for drinking. There is a really strong backbone of excellent Clare fruit which has still got an excellent blackcurrent flavour, but the wine is now starting to develop nice secondary flavours from the Oak and fruit integration and chocolate and almost nutty falour is beginning to come through Excellent example of the wine Pete is trying to make.


Snooth User: Sellaman
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4.50 5
04/08/2010

Clare shiraz at its richest and most concentrated. This may already have reached its peak. Sweet fruit with a little portiness poking thru, oak plays a part (american) in adding some coconut to the sweet cherry and bitter chocolate characters.


Snooth User: Amelda
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2.50 5
10/30/2010

Two and a half glasses



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