Jim Barry The Armagh Clare Valley Shiraz 2017
96 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION & 96 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 97 POINT RATED MARKUS DEL MONEGO MW
- 97 POINT RATED PETER MOSER FLAGSTAFF MAGAZINE
- 96 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 96 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINT RATED NICK STOCK JAMES SUCKLING
Crimson red with a magenta hue in the glass. The nose shows intense, fragrant aromas of ripe black fruits, figs, apricot and wet stone with graphite notes. The palate opens with wet stone, ripe berries, coiled tannins and graphite. As the wine opens and relaxes it shows more black fruits and oak, laced with wet stone. A wine of enormous complexity and longevity.
97 Point Rated - Markus del Monego MW
"Intense purple colour with violet hue and black core. The oak is still a bit upfront but will probably melt down with some age. Displaying a rather opulent yet slightly closed nose with ripe fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries, mulberries and elderberries, elegant toasting aromas and hints of cold smoke. On the palate rich yet elegant with complex approach, dark berries and black stone fruit, distinct toasting flavour backed by ripe tannins and mild acidity. A wonderful wine with lingering fruit and toasting aroma in the finish, excellent length and promising potential."
97 Point Rated - Peter Moser Falstaff Magazine
"When the winegrowers in Bordeaux bring in their harvest in September, the city's leading wine merchants also have a lot to do. The reason for their activity is the market launch of those noble wines from all over the world that are sold exclusively via the trading center in France - and their number is growing rapidly."
96 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Largely standard vinification with individual blocks ex the Armagh Vineyard, 10 days on skins, some blocks given 3 weeks post-ferment maceration. Elegance isn't the aim of The Armagh, but the '17 vintage has made it easy. Richly flavoured with dark fruits, savoury tannins balance and lengthen the palate."
96 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Very good colour, deep and plenty of purple in the hue, the bouquet dried herbs, thyme and sage, licorice and a hint of eucalypt 'forest floor'. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and fleshy with sumptuous mouth-feel and fruit-sweetness at its heart. A hint of raisin, in a perfectly acceptable way, not overripe or 'dead fruit'. A statuesque shiraz that is beginning to drink very well but has many more years up its sleeve."
95 Point Rated - Nick Stock James Suckling
"This is a cooler vintage for Armagh and has vibrant blueberries, violets and floral spices with a redder-fruit spectrum leading the nose. The palate has a lithe, juicy feel and the oak sits in a gently creamy layer of redder plum and berry flavors. An elegant, athletic Armagh and one that trades on acidity and more medium-weight tannin structure. Try from 2025. Screw cap."
93 Point Rated - Robert Parker - Joe Czerwinski
"Hints of mint or menthol mark the nose of the 2017 The Armagh Shiraz. There's a pinch of crushed green peppercorns, buffered by ripe raspberries and cherries. Like the 2016, it's more red-fruited, but it doesn't have quite the depth or richness of that vintage. At this level, it's splitting hairs, as the wine is still excellent, with ample weight and concentration, supple tannins and a lingering, spice-tinged finish."
The authentic and beautifully-concentrated The Armagh Shiraz, is a powerfully-compressed wine that explodes with aroma and flavour. Intense, plush and generous, the oak is hidden behind curtains of deep, ripe, intense fruit and extraordinarily fine, structured tannins. The vineyard is hand-harvested, with several passes, to achieve optimum ripeness and flavour profile. Vinification takes place in two-tonne, open-top fermenters with heading-down boards. Regular rack-and-return and pump-overs take place to optimise extraction of colour and flavour; in some vintages post-ferment maceration may be an option. Skin contact (post ferment maturation) two to three weeks. Followed by 14 months in 70% French and 30% American Oak.
Clare Valley, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 2056|