Three Wines in Matthew Jukes '100 Best Australian Wines' 2012
We are delighted to have three of our wines in Matthew Jukes '100 Best Australian Wines' for 2012.
Here is what he had to say...
2009 Jim Barry, The Florita Riesl ing, Clare Valley, SA
"Even though this wine is already three years old, it still defends itself with some fairly brutal acidity and awe-inspiring tension. This single vineyard Riesling commands extraordinary respect in the glass thanks to its profound mineral tones, cheek-sucking lemon and lime flavours and astute acidity. I am sure that, in years to come, this vineyard will be as revered in the same way as some of the finest Alsatian Grands Crus! For a more genial and less demanding experience slide yourself slinkily into a bottle of 2011 Lodge Hill Riesling which is sure to thrill you, too, perhaps in a tenderer and less urgent manner."
2004 Jim Barry, The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, SA
"A massive brooding, black Cabernet with magnificent complexity and a heroic finish, ‘04 Benbournie is fashioned along an ancient, untamed recipe for Cabernet which we rarely get to see these days. A little more muscular than you might expect for a Jukesy-wine, Benbournie guarantees its spot in the 100 by virtue of its devastating purity, hypnotic aroma and rampaging core fruit. If you love Super Tuscan wines and top flight Napa Cabs, then this towering red will exceed your expectations by a mile."
2006 Jim Barry, The McRae Wood Shiraz, Clare Valley, SA
"I have tasted this wine many times this year and on every occasion the word phenomenal pops up in my notes. My symbol for a potential inclusion in the 100 Best is the number 100 with a circle drawn around it and Jim Barry Wines has no fewer than seven of these symbols this year. Rather than giving this exceptional winery seven listings though, I have condensed them somewhat and doubled up the write-ups, but ‘06 McRae Wood needs to be trumpeted to the nation so it gets it very own slot. The velvety texture, heavenly, sweet woodsmoke notes coupled with the blackberry and vanilla crumble palate are nothing short of delectable."