Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. A monumental red from a massively successful vintage which continues to woo Shiraz lovers internationally. JIm Barry sowed his Armagh block to vines in 1968, it remains dry farmed and painstakingly managed by hand, the limited harvests are vinified to old fashioned practices which have remained unchanged for decades. If your Armagh is older than three years, decanting is necessary as the wine is unfiltered and a crust of natural deposits will accumulate in the bottom of the bottle.
The moniker Armagh was bestowed by Irish settlers, who likened the lush rolling hill after their homeland. Armagh yields less than two tonnes of Shiraz per acre, soils are sandy gravels and receive an average rainfall of twenty four inches per year. The vineyard lies on a northwest facing slope which acts as a natural sun trap, ensuring the fruit is always fully ripened when picked. From a powerful Clare Valley vintage, exceptional for Armagh Shiraz, a long and relaxed harvest, which allowed the fruit a slow, even ripening to achieve amazing levels of concentration, selectively picked over several passes amongst the vines. The finished Armagh was treated to eighteen months maturation in exclusively new French oak.
Deep dark garnet. Rich and savoury aromas of blackberry, licorice, mint and toasty oak. The palate is concentrated and shows rich extract, with ripe black cherry, licorice and mint, well integrated sweet oak and velvety tannins. Decanting is necessary as the wine is unfiltered and a deposit will appear with age, Jim Barry suggests that the wine is allowed to breathe a minimum of two hours.