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Producer: Jim Barry
Region: Clare Valley
Categorie: red wine
Bottle size: 75 cl.
Ripeness: 2023 - 2033
Winestyle: samtig & üppig
Food recommendation: Lammgerichte, Wildgerichte, rotes Fleisch, Grilladen
The Armagh is one of the Australian wine icons. The vines were planted in 1964. The Armagh is made from 100% Shiraz and spends 17 months in 100% new French and American oak barrels before being bottled without filtration or refinement. The wine is characterized by its intense dark color, on the nose there are flavors of grilled meat, Asian spices, dark red berries and plums. Due to its exceptional depth, density and structure, this unusually well-balanced Shiraz can be kept for another 10 years or longer.
Fermentation takes place in open fermentation tanks. Mash periods vary year by year and ripeness of the grapevariety. The maturation takes place for about 17 months in new American and French oak barrels.
Jim Barry has significantly shaped Australia's wine history. Thanks to his commitment and sense of community, the Clare Valley wine region is known as one of the best in Australia. Jim Barry was one of the first graduate oenologists in the region. In 1959, with his wife Nany, he bought the first vineyards north of the Clare Valley. Nancy, as well as their sons Peter, Mark and John, contributed a lot to the success of the company. Peter has been Managing Director since 1985 and today manages the winery together with his children Tom (Cellarmaster), Sam (Commercial Manager) and Olivia (Brand Ambassador).
The location Armagh was planted in 1964 by Jim with Shiraz. On the scraggy, sandy gravelly soil, the vines have to look for food very deep in the soil. There is little rain and no irrigation. Aligned is the vineyard to the northwest, that means the grapes have a high exposure to the sun. The yield is extremely low, which explains the high concentration and density of the Armaghs.