Jim Barry Shiraz the Armagh Clare Valley Rrp275 2006
Being regarded as one of Australia's greatest wines is carries massive kudos but also requires dedication, consistency and brilliant wine-making. The 2006 has all of this in abundance along with a whopping 98 point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. “The 2006 The Armagh is one of Australia’s icon wines. Sourced from a vineyard planted in 1964 on its own roots, it is a100% Shiraz cuvee that spent 17 months in 100% new French and American oak before a bottling without fining and filtration. A saturated purple color, it gives off an enthralling nose of pain grille, smoked meat, incense, Asian spices, boysenberry, mulberry, and plum. With exceptional depth, richness, and structure, this impeccably balanced Shiraz can be cellared for another 6-8 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2026.”
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.
Full body, peppery, a classic Jim Barry wine. Savour the flavor and decanter!
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Big, rich and ripe, piling layers of flavor on one another, offering mineral-accented black cherry, blackberry, cola and spice flavors that soar through the long, vivid finish. Drink now through 2018.
Deep garnet with a hint of purple in the color and bottled under cork (commercial release of this wine), the 2006 The Armagh Shiraz is redolent of creme de cassis, meat and cedar with undercurrents of coffee, sandalwood, black olives, Chinese plums and licorice accents. Very big, rich and concentrated, it has crisp acid, a firm level of velvety tannins and hints of anise on the long finish. Drink it now to 2028+. I tried the same vintage wine bottled under screw cap as a trial and not for commercial release. This 2006 Armagh Shiraz showed much more primary aromas with the licorice really standing out and displaying more of a chocolate character. The tannins were a bit firmer than the other bottle; still the quality remained the same and merits the same score.
If you like a glass of red on the scale of Mount Rushmore, try cozying up to The Armagh. Forget the aroma: At this early stage, it’s so potently reduced and medicinal you might not venture a taste, which is so intense and feral that you might not make it to the finish, where the wine explodes with vibrant fruit and a cloud of mineral tannin. It’s the bounty of fruit that lasts, that coats every pore in the mouth, giving a clear impression that the wine will survive for years, long enough to grow into its monumental structure. Jim Barry planted this northwest-facing vineyard in 1968, now producing the estate’s flagship shiraz.
Inky purple color. Explosively perfumed bouquet of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, licorice, fruitcake, incense and dried violet. Lush and creamy but penetrating, offering sweet, extremely powerful boysenberry and blueberry flavors, molten tannins and a sexy note of candied flowers. Refuses to let up on the finish, which echoes the sweet blueberry note and leaves spice, pepper and floral notes in its wake. I find this more energetic than the wonderful 2005 and 2004 versions.