Jim Barry, Armagh Shiraz, 2004

Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Jim Barry, Armagh Shiraz, 2004

Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia



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Grape Varietes: Shiraz 100% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Optimum Drinking: 2018-2025 Reviewer Rating: 98 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 103051
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Jim Barry The Armagh 2004 is a benchmark South Australian Shiraz - purchased in its original carton.

A true pioneer of the Australian wine industry, Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia. Together with his wife, Nancy, Jim established his business in 1959, which was added to in 1964 by the purchase of a property with prime vineyards in the Armagh area. These vineyards became the foundation of their red wine production, culminating in the first release of The Armagh in 1985. The business remains in the Barry family, with Jim and Nancy’s son Peter now at the helm.

Under 1000 cases of The Armagh are produced each year, and only around 200 bottles make it to the UK, making it incredibly scarce. This is truly a ‘once in a blue moon’ opportunity to sample one of Australia’s iconic wines.


“One of the most colossal wines in all of my tastings was Jim Barry’s 2004 Shiraz The Armagh, a 100% Shiraz aged 16 months in French and American oak. It is an opaque purple-hued, super-intense effort displaying great precision and richness. Notes of melted asphalt, acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, and espresso roast emerge from this full, dense, opulent Shiraz. The finish lasts for over 45 seconds. This is a great example of one of the icons of Australian Shiraz.” Robert Parker