• Domaine: Jim Barry
• Appellation: Clare Valley
• Origin: South Australia
• Varietal: Shiraz
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Named after the adjoining hamlet of Armagh, established by Irish settlers in 1849 and named after the lush rolling hills of their homeland, the Armagh vineyard was planted by Jim Barry in 1968. The vines follow the contours of the north-west-facing slopes, catching the winter rain and summer sun from many angles. The unique soil composition is sandy clay topsoil with a pebbly alluvial layer overlaying mottled clay subsoil.
Plush fruit and supple richness are hallmarks of The Armagh style. With oak behind deep, intense fruit and fine, structured tannins, The Armagh is highly prized for its consistency and cellaring potential.
"My pick of the recently bottled vintages, the 2016 The Armagh Shiraz shows a bit more obvious oak (simply because of its youth) but also a wonderful taut tension between ripeness and acidity. The fruit here is a bit redder in profile, leaning more toward raspberries than blackberries, while still being fully ripe. Full-bodied and supple, it finishes cedary, intense and long, adding in complex, lingering spice notes." - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2/13/2020), Ratings: 97, Drink: 2021-2040