2006 Jim Barry “The McRae” Shiraz
About the Wine: This is a big, full-bodied Shiraz, which shows colors of inky, ruby red and crimson. The nose displays intense aromas of black fruits: raspberry, blackcurrant and plum. These flavors are supported by complex aromas of liquorice, oregano and lavender. The palate is unreserved in its flamboyancy. The initial arrival shows flavors of blueberry, tobacco, nutmeg and cranberry. The departure displays coriander, sage, vanilla pods, and cinnamon.
About Jim Barry: The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. He was the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and with his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the company is headed by Jim’s second son, Peter, who took over from his father as managing director.
In 1944 Jim Barry commenced his wine career by studying Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College. For almost 100 years the highly respected college has been associated with viticulture and wine making, and is credited as one of the principle reasons for the excellent quality of Australian wines. Jim did his first vintage in 1945 at Stonyfell Winery while continuing to study for his Oenology diploma.
As a final year student in 1946, he undertook work experience at the Clareville Cooperative. After Graduating at the end of the year as the 17th qualified winemaker to study at Roseworthy, he accepted a position as Clarevale’s winemaker and Chemist.