Jim Barry, The McRae Wood Shiraz, 2012
This is a huge, no apologies, wine. Lovers of big bold reds will line up for a bottle of this. Initially you’re greeted with rosemary, cassis and black pepper on the nose, but then on the palate, it turns into dark chocolate with chilli peppers and clove. It’s silky smooth, velvety and a little inky – purple teeth time! Pairing with this wine? Netflix on your own! But if you’re hungry too, try a lamb and date tagine, or a mole sauce with your favourite meat – I tried it with water buffalo and cranberry sausage and it was perfect.
CSPC +583823 $60-$65.
Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill Shiraz, 2012
Little brother to The McRae Wood, The Lodge Hill Shiraz comes from the Eastern ranges of Claire Valley. Lodge Hill has a ripe juicy nose of blackcurrants, thyme and a little cinnamon. Very smooth, with finely grained tannins and a long finish, it’s rounded, lush and peppery on the finish. Share this spicy, warm and comforting wine only if you must. I’m calling for venison and blueberry paté, wild boar casserole, and some of Jamie Oliver’s roasted fennel polpettes to pair with it.
CSPC 741117 $26
Jim Barry, The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
I’m seeing a style running through Jim Barry wines – soft, juicy and luscious, these are wines to enjoy with or without food, and with or without friends! The Cover Drive is named for the cricket ground in south Coonawarra that Barry bought after it closed 20 years ago, and planted with cabernet sauvignon. A delicious and mouth-watering nose of blackberries, along with some red berries and minty notes.
It’s a big, smooth-as-silk wine, with ripe tannins, juicy ripe fruits and just a hint of liquorice. I’d be happy to drink this wine on its own (on my own too!), but it would be equally good with a rare lamb dish (particularly accompanied by mint sauce), duck breast lightly cooked, eggplant dishes, and pork with pomegranate or cranberries.
CSPC 587450 $26