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JIM BARRY 2006 THE ARMAGH SHIRAZ CLARE VALLEY

WA 98
IWC 94
WS 93
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown writes in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet with a hint of purple in the color and bottled under cork (commercial release of this wine), the 2006 The Armagh Shiraz is redolent of creme de cassis, meat and cedar with undercurrents of coffee, sandalwood, black olives, Chinese plums and licorice accents. Very big, rich and concentrated, it has crisp acid, a firm level of velvety tannins and hints of anise on the long finish. Drink it now to 2028+. I tried the same vintage wine bottled under screw cap as a trial and not for commercial release. This 2006 Armagh Shiraz showed much more primary aromas with the licorice really standing out and displaying more of a chocolate character. The tannins were a bit firmer than the other bottle; still the quality remained the same and merits the same score."

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple color. Explosively perfumed bouquet of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, licorice, fruitcake, incense and dried violet. Lush and creamy but penetrating, offering sweet, extremely powerful boysenberry and blueberry flavors, molten tannins and a sexy note of candied flowers. Refuses to let up on the finish, which echoes the sweet blueberry note and leaves spice, pepper and floral notes in its wake. I find this more energetic than the wonderful 2005 and 2004 versions."

Harvey Steiman writes in Wine Spectator: "Big, rich and ripe, piling layers of flavor on one another, offering mineral-accented black cherry, blackberry, cola and spice flavors that soar through the long, vivid finish. Drink now through 2018. 50 cases imported."

Shiraz

Shiraz, known as Syrah in the rest of the world (good idea, since Aussie Shiraz can be quite different than other Syrah) is Australia’s most important red grape, producing wines ranging from everyday quaffers to ageworthy, complex examples. Australian shirazes usually have deep, rich fruit, often somewhat soft and ripe, making balance an important consideration. Shirazes often show complex notes of mint, and eucalyptus. Shiraz is adaptable to different climates and winemaking techniques, allowing expression of the winemaker’s vision.

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