Jim Barry Wines The Barry Bros Clare Valley, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
A fruit driven and intensely flavoured blend brimming with red and black fruits combined with a touch of chocolate and spicy herbs on the finish.
Producer Note - Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry's drive that helped shape South Australia's Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia's premier wine regions. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley, graduating with a degree in oenology from the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Founded in 1959, Jim Barry Wines is still family owned, with three generations of Roseworthy graduates. Jim's son Peter became managing director in 1985 and today Peter's children Tom, Sam and Olivia are the winemaker, commercial manager and brand ambassador respectively. Voted '2020 Winery of the Year' at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning wines.
Vintage - Jim Barry Wines experienced an early, condensed and exciting vintage in 2016, with harvest beginning on January 28th. Good levels of rain fell during the winter, which helped to build the soil's water reserves. A very dry and hot spring followed and flowering occurred early in all varieties. The dry warm weather continued throughout the ripening period and into the harvest, resulting in excellent quality, healthy fruit.
Vineyard - The Clare Valley is a series of undulating hills within the higher ranges of the grape growing area. Vine aspect and row orientation are as critical as soil type in terms of the suitability of a vineyard site for a particular variety. Shiraz is suited to upper slopes with northerly or western aspects and Cabernet Sauvignon suits the lower slopes and thicker soils. The vines are trained on a single cordon to promote an even canopy. The Clare Valley has a high diurnal temperature difference. The cool nights allow the vines to recover from the heat of the day and produce Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with even ripening of tannins and flavour.
Winemaking - The grapes were sorted, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel fermenters with heading down boards, which submerged the skins in the fermenting must and moderated the temperature of the 'cap' while gently extracting colour, flavour and tannins. Pump-overs were conducted twice a day with a rack and return once per day. Fermentation lasted for between 7 to 10 days before being pressed. Malolactic fermentation occurred in tank before the wine was racked to French oak where it spent 11 months maturing.
Tasting Note - A juicy and vibrant blend with aromas of raspberry, blackberry and cherry lifted by notes of violets and sweet spice. Bright, lively and brimming with red fruits on the palate, this easy drinking wine is framed by soft, fine grained tannins through to a touch of spice on the finish.
Grape Shiraz 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
Winemaker: Tom Barry & Sam Barry
Region: South Australia Sub region: Clare Valley Country: Australia
BodyValue: C (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 1
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Organic No Biodynamic No