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Producer: Open RidgeGrape Varieties: Shiraz 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Juicy vibrant easy drinking redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Australia
A juicy and vibrant blend brimming with red and black fruits and lifted notes of violets and mint. This is an easy drinking style with a touch of black pepper on the finish.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley, graduating with a degree in oenology from the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Founded in 1959, Jim Barry Wines is still family owned, with three generations of Roseworthy graduates. Jim’s son Peter became managing director in 1985 and today Peter’s children Tom, Sam and Olivia are the winemaker, commercial manager and brand ambassador respectively. Voted ‘Winery of the Year’ by Matthew Jukes they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning wines.
Jim Barry Wines experienced an early, condensed and exciting vintage in 2016, with harvest beginning on January 28th. Good levels of rain fell during the winter, which helped to build the soil’s water reserves. A very dry and hot spring followed and flowering occurred early in all varieties. The dry warm weather continued throughout the ripening period and into the harvest, resulting in excellent quality, healthy fruit.
The Clare Valley is a series of undulating hills within the higher ranges of the grape growing area. Vine aspect and row orientation is as critical as soil type in terms of the suitability of a vineyard site for a particular variety. Shiraz is suited to upper slopes with northerly or western aspects and Cabernet Sauvignon suits the lower slopes and thicker soils. The vines are trained on a single cordon to promote an even canopy. The Clare Valley has a high diurnal temperature difference. The cool nights allow the vines to recover from the heat of the day and produce Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with even ripening of tannins and flavour.
The grapes were sorted, de-stemmed and crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel fermenters with heading down boards, which submerged the skins in the fermenting must and moderated the temperature of the 'cap' while gently extracting colour, flavour and tannins. Pump-overs were conducted twice a day with a rack and return once per day. Fermentation lasted for between 7 to 10 days before being pressed. Malolactic fermentation occurred in tank before the wine was racked to French oak where it spent 11 months maturing.
A juicy and vibrant blend with aromas of raspberry, blackberry and cherry lifted by notes of violets and sweet spice. This easy drinking wine is bright, lively and brimming with red fruits framed by soft, tannins and a touch of spice on the finish.
A great match for chicken in a creamy and tarragon sauce.
Shiraz 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%
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