Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Outstanding Langtons Classification. Armagh is amongst the most venerated locations in Ireland. St Patrick built his stone church there on a site where a cathedral still stands. Irish pioneers, settling Valley Clare in 1849, were so inspired by the beauty of the land that they named the rolling hills after their home at County Armagh. Jim Barry planted his 3⅓ hectare property in 1968, with Shiraz clones originally sourced from Israel, it is one of the nation's great vineyards, still managed to the standards and techniques defined by Jim Barry over forty years ago.
From fruit grown exclusively to one of Australia's most distinguished vineyards, named after the adjoining hamlet of Armagh, yielding less than two tonnes per acre. Armagh Shiraz has achieved extraordinary success and is regarded as one of Australia's great wines. Such is The Armagh site's suitability that minimal intervention is needed to produce rich and concentrated fruit of the rarest qualities. The contour planted, northwest facing vines are planted to grey sands over clay subsoil, is suitably dry farmed. Grapes are all hand picked and vinified in open top fermenters, treated to rack returns and pumpovers, followed by eighteen months in French and American oak and a year or two of bottle age.
Impenetrable, inky crimson colour. Elegant, brooding aromas, highly complex, cranberries and mulberry, boysenberry and mint, underlying rosemary and sage, cinnamon, cedar and black pepper. Firm tannin structure in support of red currant flavours, black cherries and blueberry over a background of truffles and turned earth. The length of flavour and power, while showing restraint and finesse, are what really set Armagh at the zenith of Shiraz.