Twenty-somethings Tom and Sam Barry may have set a record as the youngest winemakers to ever take out the classic Australian Best Shiraz/Cabernet Blend Trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show.
Their 2013 Barry Brothers Shiraz/Cabernet, which retails for just $20 a bottle, was awarded the prestigious trophy tonight (Thursday) Tom (28) and Sam (25) are the sons of Jim Barry Wines Managing Director Peter Barry and grandsons of the Clare Valley legend who started the wine company in the 1950s.
Pounding the streets in Europe selling wine this week, Tom and Sam said they were “blown away” by the news.
“It’s an important week in the family as our grandfather Jim died 10 years ago this week on October 14,” Tom said. “He’d be very proud.
“This wine is a modern take on the classic Australian blend, Shiraz/Cabernet. Jim Barry Wines has been making this blend for many years, so when given the opportunity to make our own wine we thought it only fitting to have a crack at making it in our own style.
“From the outset we have had a clear style in mind for this wine. This has influenced our viticultural and winemaking decisions over the past five years.”
This is the second major accolade for Tom, who was named Young Winemaker of the Year at the Gourmet Traveller WINE awards in Sydney this time last year.
The Barry Brothers Cabernet/Shiraz also won a trophy at the Brisbane Wine Show earlier this year and joins a prestigious stable of other Jim Barry trophy winners, including the multiawarded Lodge Hill Riesling and Armagh Shiraz.
Sam Barry said the wine reflects the brothers’ own personalities and their close relationship.
“It’s fair to say we do sometimes give each other a hard time, like many brothers do, but ultimately we help keep each other honest and push each other to constantly improve,” Sam said.
“We wanted to create a wine that is approachable for people who don’t want to sniff and swish, but who just want to share a good drop with family and friends.”