Deep colour; powerful, concentrated and chewy blackberry, licorice, leather, mocha and earth; right in the style slot.
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2004)
Although the 2001 Shiraz The Armagh will not be released for another year, readers should keep an eye out for it as it is a profound Shiraz. It boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a tremendously rich bouquet of melted licorice intermixed with scents of camphor, blackberry liqueur, and new saddle leather. Massive and full-bodied, yet impeccably well-balanced, this enormous 2001 should provide riveting drinking for 15+ years.
96 points, Wine Advocate (August 2003)
Distinctive, juicy and tremendously aromatic with cardamom- and white pepper-scented blackberry, cherry and licorice flavors spreading generously across the tongue, all beautifully woven together to sail on and on through the long finish. Tannins are already integrated.
95 points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (September 2004)
Deep colour still with a purple tinge. The bouquet is sweet and ripe, rich and bright and very attractive: blackberry, raspberry, floral and fragrant. The palate is elegant and medium and full-bodied, rich and texturally lovely, with stacks of fruit sweetness before a clean drying finish.
93 points, The Real Review (October 2015)
A warming, lusty wine, with tannins that are soft and supple enough that the wine can be drunk now. Tastes like plum, caramel and coffee; smells like pure red grapes, plus walnuts and roasted meat. Will cure whatever ails you.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (May 2004)
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Jim BarryJim Barry, named after the eponymous founding wine maker, is one of the stalwart wineries of the Clare Valley. In 1959 the late Jim Barry purchased land near the township of Clare, replanting much of it to vineyard. Under the leadership of managing director Peter Barry and sons Tom and Sam Barry the brand has gone from strength to strength. Jim Barry is best known for its flagship Shiraz The Armagh, but also produces an impressive range of wines including Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard holdings in the Clare Valley and Coonawarra.