Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2006 (5/5)
Opaque ruby garnet with very good legs. The nose is clean offering med+ intense notes of dark fruits (mulberries, cassis, black and blueberries), cedar, tobacco, charcoals and patchouli, menthol, eucalyptus and sage, dusty chocolate and lightly toasted coffee, aged tea leaves, black pepper, cinnamon and cola nuts. A vein of mineral iron as well. A cornucopia, so many layers one after another!
On the palate is dry, with extremely balanced acidity, sumptuous velvety tannins, high (but very well hidden) alcohol, full body, with such a concentration on the mid palate and very long finish. This is hugely concentrated, yet not overdone or stupidly sweet. Indeed, it is serious and savoury with perfectly integrated oak and thrilling complexity. This is a great vintage and it would be very difficult not to give it a perfect score.
Outstanding quality, Approachable Now but it still has more than a decade of potential evolution in front of it, Premium Price. 100% Shiraz, 'The Armagh' single vineyard, Clare Valley, South Australia.