Jim Barry, Armagh Shiraz, 2005

Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Jim Barry, Armagh Shiraz, 2005

Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia



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Grape Varietes: Shiraz 100% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Optimum Drinking: 2018-2025 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 102389
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Jim Barry The Armagh 2005 is a benchmark South Australian Shiraz - purchased in its original wooden case - it is in immaculate condition.

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.


“Deep garnet in color with a touch of purple, the 2005 The Armagh Shiraz presents enticing smoked meat, black currant preserves and dried mulberries on the nose complemented by notes of charcoal, mocha, nuts and spices making it overall a little funky. Medium to full-bodied with rich, savory fruit concentration, it is framed by medium to firm, grainy tannins that lend a taut and muscular character to the long finish.” eRobertParker.com

“Rich, ripe and beautifully focused on its boysenberry, pomegranate and rhubarb flavors, which persist through the long, expressive finish. The firm tannins get a bit of a grip on the finish. Needs cellaring to soften.” Wine Spectator

“A dark multi-layered shiraz, with layers of fruit, minerals and a slightly briary savoury edge; has marked nervosity, power and depth; opens slowly, but has a long story to tell.” James Halliday