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. The name of ‘Armagh’ was bestowed by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849, and named the lush rolling hill after their homeland. Dense and purple. An elegant and aristocratic kaleidoscope of aromas. An abundance of fruit - blackberry, mulberry and blueberry. Supporting complexity of mint, eucalypt, rhubarb, turkish delight and cinnamon. A rich tapestry of enjoyment and fulfilment. The introduction - raspberry, strawberry and boysenberry. The closing argument - star anise, rosemary, spearment and clove. Line, length and delivery - Encompassing and welcoming. Sumptuous and sensual. A wine hand crafted with the Jim Barry philosophy to be enjoyed upon release but demands a long sleep in the cellar to allow the wine to demonstrate all that it beholds.
98 Points-The Wine Advocate "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. Anticipated maturity: now-2025."
93 Points-Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar "Glass-staining violet. A huge and strikingly pungent bouquet of blackcurrant, kirsch, candied licorice, chocolate, vanilla bean, flowers and incense. Deep and sweet, with impressively concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors bordering on liqueur-like but firmed by youthful tannins and brightened by sneaky minerality. Black cherry preserve, candied violet and mocha qualities build on the expansive, long finish, utterly saturating the palate. Surprisingly precise for a wine with such concentration and built to last."
92 Points-The Wine Spectator "Bright and jazzy, with a red pepper edge to the cherry, green olive and spice flavors. The harmonious flavors linger against very fine tannins and lively acidity on the long finish. Drink now through 2014."