Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2016
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £101.40
Country - Australia
Region - South Australia
Grape Varieties - Assyrtiko 100%
Alcohol by volume - 12.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Jim Barry Wines
Tasting notes - Lifted floral aromatics are accompanied by notes of pear and lime. This Assyrtiko shows great flavour concentration, with a flinty streak of minerality running through its core. Lively and crisp with an endless finish.
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A fresh, lively Assyrtiko showing great flavour concentration of pear and lime with a flinty mineral streak running through its core.
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 ‘Winery of the Year’ by Matthew Jukes they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning wines.
Record breaking rains fell early in the growing season. The wet spring and early summer were followed by warm, dry weather enabling the vines to dry out. The temperatures remained mild allowing the grapes to ripen. As a result of the early rainfall, the 2017 Assyrtiko harvest was four weeks later than 2016.
The Assyrtiko vines were first planted in 2012 in the Lodge Hill vineyard situated on the eastern ranges of Clare where the soils are brown loam overlaying a layer of clay and slate bedrock. Subsequently, blocks have been planted at the Florita vineyard in Watervale in the western ranges of the Clare Valley on terra rossa soils. The Lodge Hill block produces wines which are tight and have excellent persistence of flavour, while the vines planted on terra rossa soils are more generous and fuller flavoured. Consistent with all the Assyrtiko blocks is that the vines are planted in shallow soils over the bedrock which makes them struggle just a little, producing intense flavoured wines. The Assyrtiko vines are trained on a single cordon to promote even canopy growth and to provide optimal shade.
The grapes were hand-harvested and meticulously sorted. The fruit was chilled to 6°C before being destemmed and pressed. After cold settling, the juice was racked with a portion of the light "fluffy" lees. Cool fermentation took place with selected yeasts at temperatures of 14 to 16°C and lasted two to three weeks. A small parcel underwent cool fermentation in aged French barrels, enhancing the texture.
Lifted floral aromatics are accompanied by notes of pear and lime. This Assyrtiko shows great flavour concentration, with a flinty streak of minerality running through its core. Lively and crisp with an endless finish.
The perfect match for fresh seafood, especially grilled octopus.
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- 6 Bottles
- South Australia
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