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.