Meet Our Newest Producer: Jim Barry Wines
We’re delighted to announce that our portfolio has now expanded to the southern hemisphere with the addition of Clare Valley, Australia’s Jim Barry Wines.
The Jim Barry Winery was founded in 1959 and is widely credited with helping to shape the Australia’s famed Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling. Their most illustrious wine, The Armagh Shiraz, from a single vineyard planted by Jim Barry in 1968, is one of the undisputed icons of Australian wine.
Today the winery and its vineyards are owned and managed by Jim’s son, Peter Barry, along with his wife, Sue Barry, and their three children – Tom, Sam and Olivia – who are winemaker, commercial manager and brand ambassador respectively.
Over 55 years the Barrys have worked to establish a mosaic of vineyards across Clare Valley, each unique in site, soil and aspect. They also have two vineyards in the Coonawarra region where they grow Cabernet Sauvignon on the famous Terra Rossa soils.
They firmly believe that great wine is made in the vineyard and their winemaking philosophy is to own and farm the vineyards themselves, in order to develop the best fruit flavors possible. The Jim Barry winemaking style aims to retain those ideal fruit flavors, emphasizing freshness, character and drinkability over massive power and heaviness.
Wine Advocate gave Jim Barry’s 2013 “The Armagh Shiraz” a whopping 96 points, saying:
“Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savory classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. It’s dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff.” ~ March 29, 2018
Here are a few more of their many accolades:
- A 5 Red Star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion – “Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.”
- Australian Winery of the Year – Matthew Jukes 2016/2017
- Top 10 Australian Wineries – Matthew Jukes 2018/2019
For more info and a complete list of their wines available in our portfolio, please see our Jim Barry producer page.