JIM BARRY LISTED AS ONE OF TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN WINERIES BY LEADING UK WINE WRITER, MATTHEW JUKES
On Tuesday the 23rd of May, the UK’s leading wine writer, Matthew Jukes, released his annual ‘100 Best Australian Wines’ report for 2017/2018.
Matthew Jukes is a major supporter of Australian wine and his 100 Best List represents the finest Australian wines available for purchase in the UK. Every wine listed in 100 Best has won its place by gaining immense scores in Matthew’s notes. The criteria for inclusion also stipulates that there is sufficient stock in the UK market to warrant a listing.
Jim Barry Wines, crowned “Winery of the Year” in 2016/2017, has been ranked as number five in the top ten wineries. This ranking is determined by the number of wines featured in Jukes’ report over the last 14 years.
This year’s report features three Jim Barry wines in its 100 Best List, including the 2016 Assyrtiko, Australia’s First Assyrtiko and Jim Barry’s own expression of this Greek variety, the 2015 The Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 The Florita Riesling.
Matthew also commended the 2012 Pb Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon for showing “incredible succulence and power”, as well as the 2016 The Lodge Hill Riesling for being “one of the best value white wines on earth”.
“These wines are in no small part the reason why Jim Barry gained Winery of the Year last year. It is therefore such a pleasure to announce that the collection of wines in this year’s Report are even more expressive and indulgent than ever before”, says Jukes.
Full review of each wine below:
I am fortunate to have had a very good look at this wine from all angles – in the vineyard, winery and glass. Peter Barry has slavishly worked away on his Assyrtiko dream and his vines are now not only bearing fruit, they are also making a spectacular wine. There are only 500 cases of this beauty made and not a lot is exported, but I see a good number of Greek Assyrtikos in the course of my job and this is not only Australia’s first wine made of this grape, I would suggest it is one of the most noteworthy I have ever tasted! The green melon and pineapple husk nose is delectable and the firm finish makes the hairs on my arms stand up. This is Aussie drama, not Greek tragedy and it ought to be on every discerning win lover’s wish list.
2015 The Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
The Barry Brothers 2014 stood out from the crowd on last year’s Roadshow and this was not only because of its garish capsule! This year, the fruit is every bit as joyous, but there is more noticeable tannin and spice on board and I think that this label is coming of age. With a glossy texture, some tobacco notes and some oak coming into view, there is an awful lot of wine here for the cash involved. Decanted this would drink well now, but left alone to mellow I think it would be at its peak in another three or four years such is the calibre of tannins on display. 2012 Pb shows incredible succulence and power as you might expect but given its age the tannins, which were once, rather dominant, have melted away on cue to reveal a rather raffish and charming wine.
2014 The Florita Riesling
It is very hard to pick a favourite Riesling from Australia because they all have such clearly defined identities and they also carry out different duties on the palate. Having said this, 2014 The Florita gained my highest Riesling score of the year – of any Rieslings, from anywhere in the world. This wine is due in the UK in the summer, so the stockists shown above have the amazing 2012 vintage, but I would be amazed if they didn’t carry this wine, too, because it is near perfect. I rather forgot to taste it the first time it was poured into my glass because I stood, stock-still, for ten minutes just smelling the thing. I had to remind myself it was a liquid too, and when it hit my tongue it was immediately intoxicating. This is a wine which defines its class. It is sheer heaven and you will not be surprised to learn that clos Clare (q.v.) is one corner of this epic real estate so you can see why they are both such amazing wines. 2016 The Lodge Hill Riesling is the other Jim Barry wine to sing and shout about. Prices vary wildly for this one on the UK High Street so do shop around and you will find that this is one of the best value white wines on earth. These wines are in no small part the reason why Jim Barry gained Winery of the Year last year. It is therefore such a pleasure to announce that the collection of wines in this year’s Report are even more expressive and indulgent than ever before.