Tag: First Press

May 05 2011

British Wine Critic gives Jim Barry Wines The Armagh Shiraz 2006 a rare perfect score!

Posted on May 05, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

First Press reported this morning that Jim Barry Wines The Armagh Shiraz 2006 has received a rare 20/20 score from British wine critic Matthew Jukes: “With more truffles and well-hung game than a Piemontese banquet and so much latent power that it makes me feel bashful to even type its name, 2006 The Armagh is a perfect expression of its site and it is also an awe-inspiring encapsulation of the paradise that is the Clare Valley. For me this means that it is a rare 20/20 wine,” Jukes said.
 (Jim Barry’s Armagh Wins a Perfect Score for Australia in the UK, FirstPress, 18 May 2011).

Jukes tastes more than 15,000 wines a year, and since 2004 has published an annual list of the best 100 Australian Wines available in the UK.  Since the list’s inception, only three wines have received a perfect score. This year The Armagh shares the honours with the 2006 Penfolds Grange. (100 Best Australian Wines – 2011 by Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com 17 May 2011, Note: you can download the tasting notes on the website).

The Armagh is sourced from a 45 year-old vineyards on hills west of Clare, named after County Armagh in Ireland by the original Irish settlers. Matured in new French and American oak for 17 months prior to bottling, the wine the bottled without fining or filtration.

The family-run winery, started by Jim Barry in 1959, is now run by Jim’s son Peter and his two sons.

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Oct 10 2010

Orange: NSW’s ‘Coolest’ Wine Region!

Posted on October 10, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

First Press reports that this year’s 2010 NSW Wine Awards is shaping up as a contest between the new emerging cool climate regions of NSW and the traditional regions of the Hunter Valley and the Riverina. The emerging cool climate regions of the Canberra district, Orange, Hilltops, Tumbarumba and the Southern Highlands took roughly half of the spots in the Top NSW 40 Wines, Cool-Climate Continues to Captivate Judges, First Press Newsletter 1 October 2010. The top 40 NSW wines were selected from over 800 entries by a panel of highly respected wine judges chaired by Huon Hooke.


The region of Orange has certainly emerged as a clear winner at this year’s Awards regardless of whether it picks up the ultimate prize of 2010 NSW Wine of the Year to be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation dinner at Guillame at Bennelong on Monday 18 October 2010. Five of its wineries are in the top 40 and its wines took out two of the nine trophies: Angullong Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2010 rrp $17 won the trophy for best young sauvignon blanc and Logan Cabernet Merlot 2008 rrp $25 won the trophy for best young red blend.

The Orange wine region is about 260 km west of Sydney. Noteworthy for its very high elevation, it is also one the coolest growing environments in Australia. Orange is dominated by the extinct volcano Mt Canobolas, which provides rich volcanic soils and moderates the hot summer temperatures to create one of the longest ripening periods in Australia – grapes are typically not picked until mid to late autumn. The combination of aged soils, high altitude, cool temperatures, ample sunshine, decent rainfall and long dry autumns, typically produce wines that have been recognised for their complexity, elegance and balance.

Wine critic Max Allen … Read the rest