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    3h
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  • Food Pairing

    Roasted venison fillet with beetroot pure and parmesan

The Story

Located 2 kilometres northwest of Clare township on the opposite side of the hill on which Jim Barry Winery is located, is home to the famed 'The Armagh Shiraz'. The vineyard derives its name from a nearby hamlet of Armagh, established by Irish settlers in 1849 and named after lush, rolling hills of their homeland.

 

The 70-acre property was previously owned by Duncan McRae Wood and used to graze dairy cows before being purchased by Jim and Nancy Barry in 1964. That same year, Jim first planted 900 Malbec and 2500 Cabernet Sauvignon vines, followed by a further eight acres of Shiraz vines in 1968. At an elevation of 367 metres, the vines follow the contours of the north-west-facing slopes to prevent soil erosion and ensure winter rains soak in.

The unique soil composition is sandy clay topsoil with a pebbly alluvial layer overlaying mottled clay subsoil. Plush fruit and supple richness are hallmarks of The Armagh style. With oak behind deep, intense fruit and fine, structured tannins, The Armagh is highly prized for its consistency and cellaring potential. From the first vintage in 1985, The Armagh has achieved remarkable success, attaining the maximum possible rating of ‘Exceptional’ in Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine.

This wine displays crimson red with a magenta hue in the glass. The nose shows intense, fragrant aromas of ripe black fruits, figs, apricot and wet stone with graphite notes. The palate opens with wet stone, ripe berries, coiled tannins and graphite. As the wine opens and relaxes it shows more black fruits and oak, laced with wet stone. A wine of enormous complexity and longevity.

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A sumptuous Shiraz displaying a lively purple colour with black core. Opulent nose with abundant fruit reminiscent of juicy blackberries, black cherries, ripe plums, fine toasting aroma, hints of liquorice and beetroots in the background. On the palate rich and meaty, yet showing elegance, with excellent complexity, depth and length. Ripe tannins and fine acidity built up an exciting tension complemented by lots of fruit and mild spices lingering in the aftertaste. An impressing wine with great potential.

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Origin

Clare Valley, Clare Valley

Drinking temperature

16-18C

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