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2013 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

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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.

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%

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2013 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

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
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
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
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
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
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
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Chock-full of black fruits and mocha/vanilla oak; does show the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Excellent hue; luscious, ripe raspberry, cherry, plum and mint; seductive mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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