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2013 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

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    Cracka Rating

    RRP $61.99 per bottle

    Our Price $48.99

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    $293.94 (6 x 750ml)

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    cracka review

    The McRae Wood shiraz has always been a bit of a 'value' wine in the upper echelon of Jim Barry offerings. They have always been big, rich wines, and this one is no different. It is certainly in the Bruce Willis in 'Die Hard' vein, with it's ripe scents of fleshy black berries and cherries, dark plums, licorice and mocha. Then the palate charges in with sweetly fruited flavours of red and black berries, fine, talc-y tannins, and a sumptuous, spiced, lip-smacking finish that will warm the cockles of your heart. Give it plenty of air to drink now, or stick some in the cellar for a few years.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    Firm with tannin and alive with promise. It's not the brightest spark but deep pools of blackberried fruit and swirls of firm coffee-d tannin make it a monty for sound future development.
    James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
    I suspect this wine is in transition, and has closed down for its annual holidays; there is nothing amiss, but the black fruits, integrated tannins and oak should be speaking more clearly. Given the vintage and the provenance of the wine, sure to emerge in a year or two.
    By 2032
    Wine Companion
    Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
    Not as big and ripe as prior vintages. Starts with a red cherry lift over the black berry minerals, animale and seemless dark chocolate oak aromas.The palate is more taunt than usual with acidity defining the velvet soft tannins with good fruit length running to the back of the throat finishing mineral fruit with mocha vanilla chocolate oak flavours. Appealing soft tannins,fresh fruit and oak balance with bright acid freshness.
    Rob Geddes MW
    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
    A lighter wine that lacks great length and depth, but delivers a bright pastille-like bouquet of dark berries, redcurrants and plums backed by fresh cedar/vanilla oak, a hint of spice and a whiff of white pepper, Medium to full-bodied, its gentle and relatively simple expressions of red berries and dark plums are enhanced with fresh cedar/vanilla and supported by a dusty, loose-knit backbone.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    A quality vineyard, correct picking date decision(s) and good winemaking have resulted in a very good medium-bodied Shiraz with attractive, if unusual, clove and pepper nuances to the black fruits and fine tannins. A vintage get out of jail free card. Drink to 2021.
    James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 Reviews
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    A rich and ripe, almost hedonistic display of shiraz's generosity and sweet fruitcake spice and blackberry fruit appeal; fresh and lively on the palate, the fruit handles the not inconsiderable oak with ease, and lingers fragrantly on the finish.
    To 2025
    Australian Wine Companion 2013
    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
    This wines intensity, generosity and density show in its massive colour. The aromas are tight with cola, black spices, black berry, chocolate and charry toasty oak. A seamless full bodied red, with ripe fruit intensity tempered with oak tannins, soft deep middle palate, ripe black berry flavours and a balanced firm finish. Very appealing traditional style that will gain complexity short term.
    Rob Geddes MW
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Excellent hue and depth for age; despite, or perhaps due to, the moderate alcohol, the wine has deep, velvety black fruits in abundance, the tannins ripe and soft giving great mouthfeel; the oak balanced.
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
    Sumptuous, generous and assertive, with length, depth and strength. Dark and brooding, with a smoky, meaty bouquet of dark plums, blackberries and briar knit with mocha oak, it's spicy, peppery, and backed by regional nuances of mint and menthol. It's handsomely oaked but made in rather an old-fashioned riper style, with a juicy, chocolatey palate revealing suggestions of coffee grounds and animal hide. Framed by a fractionally greenish and metallic extract, it finishes with a hint of mineral.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
    A succulent full bodied red with ripe fruit intensity tempered with olive/dried herbs aromas and formidable ripe flavours with a balanced firm finish. Very appealing traditional style that has gained complexity recently.
    Rob Geddes MW
    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
    This slightly cooked but rich, ripe and flavoursome shiraz delivers a spicy, briary spectrum laden with dark plum and berry-like fruit and smoky mocha/chocolate oak. Backed by a firm rod of fine, drying tannin, it begins with densely concentrated, juicy flavour, remains moderately rich and sumptuous down the palate but thins out slightly towards a slightly baked and metallic finish.
    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    A very different flavour register to The Armagh; notes of red fruit and mint accompany black fruits; the medium- to full-bodied palate is very supple and smooth.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
    Super-ripe intensity and formidable ripe flavour.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
    An older planting of shiraz in the Clare that shows a deep and ripe plum-scented nose, with a wealth of leathery, oak-matured complexity; some tar and liquorice too. The palate delivers dense chocolate, plum and red-berry fruits, quite heavily spiced too; tannins are soft and swarthy. Old-school style here.
    The Good Wine Guide 2012
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Deep vibrant colour; lush blackberry, licorice, mocha/vanilla flavours all coalesce on the medium- to full-bodied palate; well-balanced oak and tannins; long finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
    Super-ripe intensity and formidable flavour.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
    Very ripe indeed, but able to retain enough sweet fruit to maintain its vinosity and brightness, this smooth, slightly syrupy and tarry shiraz does deliver some fineness and polish. Underpinned by fine, supple tannins, its smooth, juicy expression of blackberries, dark plums and creamy chocolate/cedar oak reveals smoky, meaty undertones, with an underlying thread of peppermint and menthol, mocha and molasses.
    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Deep colour; abundant flavour fills the mouth; black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, prune and plum. The tannins are excellent, fine and ripe, the oak well-handled; best for some years. Do you buy this wine, or pay almost 5 times as much for The Armagh? An invidious question, perhaps.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
    Very ripe and oaky, long and vibrant, with concentrated and slightly minty cassis, raspberry, blackberry and dark plum-like fruit tightly knit with handsome smoky vanilla/chocolate oak and fine, firmish and cultivated tannins. Scented with cloves, white pepper, dried herbs and a hint of cherry, it's surprisingly elegant and stylish, finishing with a pleasing length of juicy flavour.
    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
    Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
    The 2003 South Australian vintage was a tough one but Jim Barry's McRae Wood Shiraz made it look easy. I was hoping the 2004 would follow on the form. 2004 RELEASE All about softness. Indeed, if the wine's warm, brandied alcohol wasn't shooting out through the finish -distracting you from the wine's overall appeal - this would be a bonza wine. It's full of plush, plummy, minted fruit flavour, creamy oak sliding it delightfully across your tongue. The problems lie with the disjointed alcohol, and jagged acidity. So close, but so far. DRINK 2008-2013.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
    Super-ripe intensity and formidable ripe flavour.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
    As usual, slightly outside the mainstream Clare style; soft, black cherry-accented fruit with touches of mint, chocolate and vanilla/mocha oak
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
    Oaky and drying out, this fast-maturing shiraz provides a big, smoky, mocha-like mouthful of meaty, currant-like fruit with a treacle-like aspect in place of fruit sweetness. Cooked and stressed, it shows how tough a vintage 2003 was for the Clare Valley.
    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
    Super-ripe intensity and formidable ripe flavour.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
    Chock-full of black fruits and mocha/vanilla oak; does show the alcohol.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
    A lean and rather taut expression of Clare shiraz, whose floral aromas of cassis, dark plums and cedar/vanilla oak are backed by minty nuances of eucalypt and menthol. Firm and concentrated with primary small black and red berry flavours, it's like a cabernet in structure but its spicy, white pepper undertones are pure shiraz. It finishes a little greenish, with assertive acids.
    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
    Shorter-term and rather forward, soupy red with a slightly varnishy, cooked aroma of currants and prunes, plums and creamy vanilla oak. Medium to full in weight, it's sumptuous and meaty, but over-ripened and dehydrated, lacking the stuffing to backup its initial delivery of prune/currant flavours. Finishes drying and minty, with moderately firm tannins.
    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
    Excellent hue; luscious, ripe raspberry, cherry, plum and mint; seductive mouthfeel.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
    Rich black fruits and abundant creamy/chewy vanillin oak on both bouquet and palate; the fruit needs time to express itself better.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
    Medium red-purple; obvious American oak and the typical vineyard touch of mint on the bouquet are followed by scented, sweet fruit on the entry to the palate, chopped off by a somewhat abrupt finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
    Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is of medium to foil intensity, in the mainstream of the style, with luscious berry and prune fruit aromas and well-balanced and integrated oak. There is a touch of mint on the palate, but even more ripe, red berry fruit; well-balanced tannin and oak.
    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
    Medium to full red-purple; curious, highly scented mint and fern-like aromas on the bouquet, with all of the above plus five spice on the palate. A wine from left field, but not unattractive.
    Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

    winemaker's notes

    This wine has a dark, inky red hue.

    It shows lifted notes of black berry and blueberry briary fruits, liquorice, perfumed- violets, and a lick of toasty vanillin oak.

    The palate is restrained in its youth, whilst having the concentration and depth the McRae Wood is famous for. Vibrant dark forest fruits of blackberry and plum are complemented by a rich streak of earthy goodness.

    This wine shows a generous girth with rich fruit cake fruits, cherry and blackberry supported with balanced acidity and complex, delicate grained tannins.

    Made using the ‘Jim Barry’ method and as such can be enjoyed upon release, but would equally benefit from cellaring to allow the wine to show some mature characteristics that come with age.

    Alc/vol: 14.0%