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  • 2017 Barry Bros Shiraz, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2017 Barry Bros Shiraz, Jim Barry

    £1695

    The wines of Jim Barry are renowned throughout the wine world as icons of Clare Valley, voted ‘2020 Winery of the Year’ at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards they produce highly acclaimed and award-winning wines year in and year out.   Having some of the most vineyards in Australia also helps!   This 2017 Shiraz made by Tom Barry, the talented grandson of Jim Barry, has rich dark berried fruit character that is layered with hints of spice and violet. Great structure on the palate with elegant savoury tannins enveloping the fruit through to an everlasting finish.

    It’s an absolute bargain of a wine and illustrates why they won the James Hallidays Winery of the Year Award in 2020.

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  • 2013 Hand Picked Gewurztraminer, SkillogaleeWhite Wine

    2013 Hand Picked Gewurztraminer, Skillogalee

    £1850

    Skillogalee crafts their Gewurztraminer in the classic style – textural, aromatic and spicy with a crisp finish.  The wine is pale straw yellow in appearance with green tinges. Exotic aromatics of orange blossom and quince with ginger spice and orange zest follow through onto the palate which is slippery and round with fruit sweetness, balanced by refreshing, juicy acidity and a lingering, dry finish.

    “A wine that is the vinous equivalent of an aromatherapy session and deep tissue massage to unwrinkle your brow and soothe your tense muscles and tired taste buds. ‘Skilly Gewurz’ is a wonder to behold. I have seen massive men reduced to tears by the aromatic purity and magical complexity of its demure offering. On the palate, this wine speed-skates across your taste buds scattering potpourri and crystallised ginger notes asunder. It is bone dry and lithe and quite unlike any Gewurz before it. Drink this slinky pixy with Asian-influenced cuisine.“  Matthew Jukes,  Moneyweek

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  • 2013 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Jim BarryWhite Wine

    2013 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Jim Barry

    £1895

    Jim Barry purchased the Lodge Hill vineyard in 1977, as he was sure it would “produce some of the best Riesling in Clare.”  Situated on the eastern ranges of the township of Clare, it is one of the highest vineyards in the Valley at an altitude of 480 metres and is ideal for producing steely, minerally Rieslings, distinctive to the area.

    This 2013 Lodge Hill Riesling has developed wonderfully over the past 7 years. In the glass, it has crystal-like clarity and a gorgeous nose that has lifted aromas of lime, papaya, white peach and cumquats.
    On the palate enticing flavours fill the mouth with intense pink grapefruit and mango at the forefront and hints of ginger and lemongrass playing a supporting role.
    A tight natural acid backbone keeps the palate focussed and refreshing.

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  • 2011 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Jim BarryWhite Wine

    2011 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Jim Barry

    £1895

    Jim Barry purchased the Lodge Hill vineyard in 1977, as he was sure it would “produce some of the best Riesling in Clare.”  Situated on the eastern ranges of the township of Clare, it is one of the highest vineyards in the Valley at an altitude of 480 metres and is ideal for producing steely, minerally Rieslings, distinctive to the area.

    This 2011 Lodge Hill Riesling is a magnificent example of aged Clare Valley Riesling.  The wine in the glass has crystal-like clarity, with a straw colour and green hues. The aromas are rich and lifted, with pink grapefruit, lime citrus and a hint of spice; showing its Lodge Hill vineyard heritage.  The palate is supportive of these aromas and is enhanced by a zingy natural acid backbone and flavours of mandarin, white peach and strawberry at the forefront. The wine has immense length and intensity of flavour.

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  • 2013 HRB Shiraz, HardysRed Wine

    2013 HRB Shiraz, Hardys

    £1995

    In 1865 Thomas Hardy had the foresight to begin blending grapes from different regions, believing that the blending would enhance the different qualities of the grapes. His vision proved to be right and it has since become the inspiration for Hardy’s Heritage Reserve Bin (HRB) range. Hardy’s award-winning Heritage Reserve Bin range pushes the boundaries of winemaking through the cross-regional blending of hand-selected grapes.

    This 2013 Shiraz is blended with grapes from McLaren Vale, Clare Valley & Frankland River.  A rich and sumptuous brooding style of Shiraz; dark fruits, cassis, chocolate, pepper, mint and vanillin spice from the French oak. In the mouth, these flavours continue with a fleshy, rounded, densely-flavoured wine showing complex chocolate, ink, tar, and black fruits, with rustic firm tannins and influence of spicy oak.

     

     

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  • 2015 Hanlin Hill Riesling, Petaluma Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2015 Hanlin Hill Riesling, Petaluma

    £2150

    This rightly regarded as one of australis great rieslings and the 2015 vintage doesn’t disappoint.  Aromas of lime and orange rind jump out of the glass followed by some green apple, talc and spice. A very concentrated palate delivers mouth-filling flavours of lime, orange rind and citrus over some talc and spice. Clean crisp acidity provides the wine with a tangy finish. Excellent length with a long finish of lime, orange rind, citrus and spice.

    The Hanlin Hill vineyard was planted in 1968 (by Len Evans) on a west-facing slope on the eastern edge of the Clare Valley at a relatively high altitude of 550m.

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  • 2018 McKays ‘Single Vineyard’ Riesling, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2018 McKays ‘Single Vineyard’ Riesling, Jim Barry

    £2195

    This superb award-winning Riesling has notes of lime cordial, pink grapefruit and lemon rind that open up to regional Watervale musk and floral notes. A powerful and concentrated Riesling, with great depth of flavour and a silky, acid profile which gives focus, line and length.

    The Clare Valley is a series of undulating hills within the higher ranges of the grape growing area. Vine aspect and row orientation are as critical as soil type in terms of the suitability of a vineyard site for a particular variety. Distinct parcels of fruit are selected to make wines that reflect the vineyard from which the grapes are grown. This Riesling was sourced from the McKay’s vineyard in Watervale. South or east-facing slopes best suited for Riesling as they are shielded from the hot northerly winds that can occur during summer and also receive the cooler morning sun. The soil in the McKay’s vineyard is clay over limestone, which is free draining. The Clare valley climate is continental with a high diurnal temperature difference with clear skies. The cool nights lead to the preservation of crisp natural acidity and delicate flavours.

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  • 2017 Shiraz ‘Watervale Single Vineyard’, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2017 Shiraz ‘Watervale Single Vineyard’, Jim Barry

    £2250

    This 2017 Shiraz comes from a single-vineyard sourced from the Florita vineyard in Watervale.  The Shiraz block is planted on a gentle northwest facing slope that takes full advantage of Clare Valley climate.

    It is an opulent wine with expressive aromas of rich, bright red fruits that are supported by classic Clare Valley spice. Beautifully structured with fine savoury tannins and terrific length of vibrant fruit on the palate.  This is not your typical Clare Valley Shiraz!   The opulent nature of the wine could be due to winemaking that saw one-third of the grapes being co-fermented with 15% of whole bunch fruit to impart complexity and an aromatic lift to the wine.   The wine then went through malolactic fermentation (a process where tart malic acid in wine converts to softer, creamier lactic acid) before being transferred to oak barrels for 12 months of ageing.

    A terrific mouthful of wine!

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  • 2016 Assyrtiko, Jim BarryWhite Wine

    2016 Assyrtiko, Jim Barry

    £2350

    This wine is a pale straw colour in the glass. Opens with lifted notes of rose water florals and pear. A generous palate packed with lemon butter and pear fruit. The palate has depth, with some chalky texture anchoring the generous and rich fruit and a drawn-out refreshing citrus finish. The wine has been praised for its similarity to its Greek counterpart and has great natural acidity with flavours of pear, apricot and apple.

    “I first tasted Assyrtiko in August 2006 while on holiday with my wife Sue on the Greek island of Santorini, the birthplace of the Assyrtiko grape variety. The crisp, acidic qualities reminded me of our Clare Valley Rieslings and yet it was a flavour I had not experienced before.  Intrigued with this newfound variety, I began the process of importing cuttings into Australia through quarantine. In August 2012 we planted Australia’s first Assyrtiko at our Lodge Hill Vineyard, a special and unique site treasured by my family and suited to this variety.  Our ten-year Assyrtiko journey has been fascinating and has enabled us to produce a wine which, I believe, is a true expression of the variety. I hope you find the flavours as interesting as I did in 2006.”   Peter Barry, Third Generation Family Winemaker.

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  • 2010 Basket Pressed The Cabernets, SkillogaleeRed Wine

    2010 Basket Pressed The Cabernets, Skillogalee

    £2450

    Matured in a combination of French and American oak hogsheads this classically styled Clare Valley Shiraz displays a totally opaque inky black crimson colour with dark crimson black tinged hue. Luscious ripe blackberry and liquorice top notes exude from the glass followed by some dark chocolate, vanillin oak and a faint hint of spearmint as an endnote. Rich and full-bodied the palate features a plush flavour profile of ripe blackberry, dark plum and liquorice over some spearmint and vanillin oak-like characters. Velvet smooth tannins with long blackberry, liquorice, spearmint and vanillin oak aftertaste.

    The fruit for this wine comes from un-irrigated, hand-pruned and hand-picked vines grown at Skillogalee around 450m above sea level. The wine was vinified in open fermenters and then basket-pressed. No fining was needed. Malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation and maturation took place in predominantly French oak hogsheads for around 24 months, before the separate components were blended and bottled.

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  • 2018 Watervale Riesling, clos Clare Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2018 Watervale Riesling, clos Clare

    £2475

    As the third generation of the Barry winemaking family, brothers Sam & Tom Barry now hold the keys to this boutique winery. Riesling is the Clare Valley’s signature variety and this is the 10th vintage from clos Clare’s Riesling patch, adjoining the historic ‘Florita’ vineyard in Watervale.

    It is a hand-crafted wine showing poise, elegance and character. Delicate aromas of lemons and limes, carry through onto the palate. The palate shows a great balance between citrus fruit and the hallmark acidity of the 2018 vintage and leads to a delicious and mouthwatering finish.

    Located in the prestigious Watervale sub-region of the Clare Valley, the vineyard itself is over 70 years old, although the Riesling vines were replanted 46 years ago. Situated in the southwest corner of the former La Florita vineyard, the clos Clare vineyard comprises two hectares. The vines are dry-grown, which is facilitated by the clay content of the soil, as it helps to retain the moisture to nourish the vine. The canopy management techniques used in the vineyard differ according to the orientation of the vine: the north-facing vines are exposed to the sun, while the south-facing vines are protected by the canopy vegetation.

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  • 2014 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2014 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks

    £2495

    This 2014 Watervale Riesling from Mount Horrocks is bright, lime-edged and pale white gold in the glass with a spring garden of florals leaping from the glass – lime blossom, honeysuckle and spice. In the mouth it is pristine, almost crystalline, this is a typical delicate yet long on flavour Mount Horrocks Riesling displaying lemon-lime and tropical fruits and pleasing minerality.   A wine of great purity and style that will age confidently for 10-12 years.

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  • 2010 Hayes Boy Grenache, clos ClareRed Wine

    2010 Hayes Boy Grenache, clos Clare

    £2500

    This luscious 2010 Grenache comes from the dry-grown “Hayes Vineyard”, planted by Kevin Hayes in 1975.  Juicy, cherries and raspberry rope, floral and aniseed lift – smells good. Then medium weight with pleasant loose knit grainy tannin, some savouries and a pleasant dryness, but the fruit is seductive and tasty with a pervasive taste of aniseed throughout. Good finish. Dangerous sort of wine. You could belt a bottle in no time at all.

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  • 2013 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2013 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks

    £2695

    In the glass, this wine is a beguiling light straw green colour with a delicately fragrant floral orange blossom note.  As it opens up green apples, spice, a little pear and ginger waft out and avail the senses.  On the palate, it is bright and lively with juicy fruits wrapped in taught mineral acidity. It feels all silky-slippery in the mouth, such is the appealing texture and weight of this racy, dry Riesling that it can be cellared with the utmost confidence for 10-15 years. This benchmark Clare Valley Riesling, having been lovingly aged in our cellar is now after 7 years approaching its peak.  Enjoy and thank us later!

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  • 2012 Semillon, Mount Horrocks Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2012 Semillon, Mount Horrocks

    £2695

    This is fully barrel-fermented and delivers distinctive aromas of lemon blossom, creamy curds and almost sandalwood-like savoury elements.  These aromatics flow through seamlessly to the palate which is remarkably layered and textural, juicy and long. It’s relatively full and rounded, a generous, flavoursome example of the variety’s cut grass and citrus characters with a chalky, mineral-like finish.

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