Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 2016
“Site Specific” is not a term bantered about when talking about Australian wines, but it sure should. Australia is full of microclimates and terroir just like any other wine country, and the Clare Valley proves this. As a higher elevation region it’s prone to wild swings of temperature and climate that differentiates it from neighboring Barossa Valley. Cooler weather with wider temperature swings are common here, and the two grapes that seem to work perfect in this spot are Riesling and Shiraz.
The Shiraz of Jim Barry really does a great job of showing this style. Blueberry notes jump out of the glass, with a firm acid streak in the aromas that has been consistent in this wine for over ten years. The palate is VERY Northern Rhone-ish with a gritty edge reminiscent of a good Crozes Hermitage. It would be a blast to have this in a blind Syrah line up, for nobody would guess Australia.
Ideally, roasted lamb shanks with herb butter, carrots, and onions should be served with this wine.
Wine review by Jason Kallsen, February 19th 2015 (Flower)
90 Points - Wine Spectator Advance June 15, 2014
Lithe and lissome, this sleek style offers dark berry, tea leaf and spice flavors on a polished frame, lingering easily against nubby tannins. Drink now through 2018.
Winged beasties with dark meat like duck, goose, squab, and griffins. Hooved game. Roasted meats.
Where to find this wine
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Total Wine & More - Bloomington
Grand Marais Municipal
North Loop Wine & Spirits
Lunds & Byerlys - Minnetonka
Andy's Liquor Express
Andy's - Crossroads