Jim Barry Wines Watervale Single Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz 2017

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Jim Barry Wines Watervale Single Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz 2017

Opulent aromas of rich, bright red fruits are supported by a core of classic Clare Valley spice. Beautifully structured with fine savoury tannins and terrific length of vibrant fruit on the palate. Not your typical Clare Valley Shiraz!

Grape

Shiraz 100%

 

Jim Barry Wines Watervale Single Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz 2017

Opulent aromas of rich, berried fruits surround a core of
classic Clare Valley spice and eucalyptus, silky with
generous layers of ripe strawberry and vanilla.
Producer Note
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 ‘2020 Winery of the Year' at the
Halliday Wine Companion Awards they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning
wines.
Vintage
With record breaking rainfall during the early growing season, the 2017 vintage was the
slowest to get started in over a decade. The Shiraz vines benefited from the plentiful soil
moisture, producing healthy canopies which supported plump fruit. The long, dry
ripening period allowed the fruit to produce intensely coloured wines with typical
blueberry and cherry flavours, while retaining a more elegant savoury tannin profile
than warmer years.
Vineyard
This single vineyard wine is sourced from the Florita vineyard in Watervale. The Shiraz
block is planted on a gentle northwest facing slope where the soil is composed of a
thin layer of loam over limestone. The vines are trained on a single cordon with a rod
and spur to promote even canopy growth along the cordon, to provide optimal shade
and to avoid crowding of fruit to reduce disease. The Clare Valley climate has a high
diurnal temperature difference, which produces an elegant Shiraz.
Winemaking
The grapes were destemmed, carefully sorted and gently crushed allowing a small
percentage of whole berries to pass through. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel
fermenters with heading down boards, which submerged the skins in the fermenting
must to gently extract colour, flavour and tannins. Pump-overs were conducted twice
per day, with a rack and return each day. Fermentation lasted seven to nine days
before being pressed; all the pressings were returned to the free-run wine. One third of
the grapes were co-fermented with 15% of whole bunch fruit to impart complexity and
an aromatic lift to the wine. Malolactic conversion occurred in tank before the wine
was racked to French oak for 12 months maturation.
Tasting Note
Aromas of dark berry compote, fresh black berries and brambly notes show real purity
of fruit. The palate is juicy on the entry with bright fruit flavours and a touch of spice.
Rounded tannins and acidity that is light on its feet, match the dark, broody fruit.
Grape
Shiraz 100%
Winemaker: Tom Barry & Derrick
Quinton
Region: South Australia
Subregion: Clare Valley
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14%

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