Jim Barry Wines’ ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz has been elevated to ‘Exceptional’ in the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine VI.
The Armagh was one of only four wines to be elevated to the highest classification.
Peter Barry, Managing Director of Jim Barry Wines said he was “thrilled to have ‘The Armagh’ recognised in this way.
“In 1985, my family and I decided to make a benchmark Australian Shiraz from the very first vineyard that my parents, Jim and Nancy planted. We wanted to cement a place for the Clare Valley as a world class wine producing region.
“This classification represents a lifetime of work and dedication to the Armagh vineyard, which we still consider to be the jewel in the family crown,” said Peter.
Peter recalls hand watering the vines in the Armagh vineyard as a nine year old. “It was a very hot summer and the vines were struggling. We watered only the vines that looked dead from a 44 gallon drum on the back of Dad’s tractor. Dad said not to bother about the healthy ones as they would survive.
“My father had tremendous foresight and was a pioneer of table wine in the Clare Valley. He instilled in us a tremendous work ethic and left us a legacy that we have nurtured and loved for many years. As we will for the following generations of Barry’s” said Peter.
The release of the VI classification happened to coincide with Peter’s 55th birthday and he said that it was truly the best present he has received in a while.
“I am also very proud to share this moment with my sons, Tom and Sam, who have embraced the Barry name and what it has meant to our family for 50 years.
“I am part of the history of Jim Barry Wines and ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz but Tom and Sam are the future and I look forward to seeing how the story continues,” said Peter.
Third generation winemaker, Tom Barry said that the elevation of ‘The Armagh’ provided him and his winemaking team with a considerable confidence boost.
“It is nice to know that your winemaking is on track and doing justice to vintages that have gone before. We are always striving to improve quality and refine our winemaking and this result is testament to our hard work,” said Tom.