Jim Barry Shiraz 2013 ‘The McRae Wood’ Australia
Certain names resonate strongly within the halls of Australian wine history. Jim Barry is one such name. It was Jim Barry’s drive and community spirit that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Shiraz and Riesling, and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.
The origins of ‘The McRae Wood’ are closely linked to the family’s flagship Shiraz, ‘The Armagh’. Following its creation in 1985 and subsequent success, the winery was unable to meet demand for ‘The Armagh’. Unwilling to compromise on quality to meet this need, Peter Barry and his brothers decided to create a new wine in 1992, utilizing fruit that was downgraded from the Armagh vineyard as well as superior parcels from the family’s other vineyards around the Clare Valley.
‘The McRae Wood’, has always exhibited the same richness and intensity as ‘The Armagh’ and was considered quite a modern, innovative style in 1992. It quickly found a home in some of the world’s most prestigious Michelin-Star restaurants, and has achieved international success, including the trophy for the ‘Best International Shiraz’ at the 2006 International Wine Challenge in London. Today, the wine represents the concentration and elegance of Clare Valley Shiraz.
The name ‘McRae Wood’ comes from the gentleman land owner, Duncan McRae Wood, who sold Jim Barry 70 acres of land in the Armagh Valley in 1964. “Dad planted his first vineyard on the site in 1968, establishing the Armagh Vineyard. This was a special milestone in our family’s winemaking history. We wanted to honor a man who had been an instrumental part of the Jim Barry Wines story,” said Peter.
The ‘McRae Wood’ Shiraz displays lovely red and purple tones in the glass. It shows lifted notes of red and black berry fruits on the nose, a touch of graphite earthiness, savory spice and creamy nougat oak in support. Red and purple fruits carry onto the palate supported by a rich, earthy undertone and fine silky tannins giving the wine terrific structure, great length and persistent flavor.