2008 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz
Clare Valley, South Australia

Wish our cellar were filled with Armagh. Oodles of flavor, first dark purple fruits, then dried red fruits, and the flavors are so long. Don't bother with food. We all need at least twenty bottles for an annual check of the wine's evolution.

94 WA; 96 JH; 94 ST

2008 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz


as part of a mixed case.

Winemaker's Notes
"This wine is deep plum red with purple tints. It shows the hallmarks of low-yielding vines, with intense, tightly coiled aromas of cranberry, mulberry, milk chocolate, boysenberry and spearmint. It is bright, fresh and balanced with intense yet reserved characters of rosemary, sage, cinnamon, cedar and black pepper. In the mouth this wine really shows its true colours with sold tannin structure plays an integral role in the overall picture. Flavours of red currants, black cherries and blueberries are in abundance, with an undercurrent of freshly turned earth and truffles in the background. The length of flavour and power in this wine, whilst still showing finesse and restraint, is what sets it at the zenith of red winemaking at Jim Barry Wines."

Technical Notes
"100% estate grown. 14 months in Frenchand American oak. 14.9% alc."
Wine Advocate
"94 pts ... Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 The Armagh Shiraz opens with intense notes of kirsch, warm black cherry, black raspberry and mulberry with overtones of pepper and spice and a bit of truffles and mocha. Slightly prune-like on the very full-bodied palate, it is rich with lively acid and firm, velvety tannins. It finishes long and spicy. Drink it now to 2028+."

James Halliday
"96 pts ... Deep crimson-purple; the bouquet is seductively complex, multi-fruit, spice and oak aromas playing tag with each other; the full-bodied palate continues the game, with lush black fruits and fine, savoury tannins in perfect balance, oak and alcohol seamlessly woven into the core of wine. The cork is good and well-inserted, but will prejudice the wine post 2030."

Stephen Tanzer
"94 pts ... Inky ruby. Heady aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry and candied licorice are complicated by sexy notes of vanilla, violet and Indian spices. Lush, deeply flavored and broad, offering intense dark berry and cherry compote flavors and an exotic floral pastille nuance. Finishes sweet and very long, with resonating spiciness, a hint of fruitcake and velvety tannins."