2018 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

Clare Valley, SA

A rich, complex and classic Clare Valley Shiraz that will live for years




About the Wine

The Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz is a beautiful wine, with aromas of ripe dark fruit and spice. There's a wonderful balance between the fruitiness and savouriness, with some bottle-age characters now coming through. While it is already several years old, it can live for much longer, and will develop wonderfully with the right cellaring conditions.

The McRae Wood Shiraz is Jim Barry's second best known Shiraz, after their super-premium legend, The Armagh. When the Armagh is not produced, the fruit is often used for The McRae Wood instead, offering tremendous value for drinkers.

About Jim Barry Wines

Jim Barry Wines is a family affair in the Clare Valley. 

Founded by one of SA's most influential wine figures, this producer has been one of the most acclaimed in the region since it began in 1974.

They focus primarily on traditional Clare Valley varieties, with a myriad of laser-sharp Rieslings, powerful Shiraz and intense Cabernet blends making up the foundations of the range. With a sprawling range including everything from super-premium to top value, they are considered a cornerstone of the Clare with classic wines that develop beautifully in the cellar given time.

Now, with the third generation of Barrys - Sam, Tom and Olivia - now in charge of the winemaking, marketing and business development, there is a new energy about the brand and there are plenty of exciting new things on the horizon.

The Barry Family
The Barry Family
Clare Valley, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

The McRae Wood Shiraz is made from grapes declassified from The Armagh and blended with fruit from special parcels from the family’s other Clare Valley vineyards.

Darker then the night, black berries, black forest and dark spice, a tight line, coiled tension, the driver is black forest and spice throughout with integrated but youthful tannin line, long drive out the back, a wine built for ageing.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2038
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Jim Barry Lodge Hill vineyard
The Jim Barry Lodge Hill vineyard
Clare Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Deep, concentrated purple colour, with a bold, essency, slightly raw aroma with straightforward, concentrated and chewy tannin palate, which lacks a little elegance but has plenty of muscle. This has the makings of an excellent wine in time, but needs more maturation. Density, chew and power to burn." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

The Wine Front

"Blackberry pie, sage and mint, with toasty mocha and coconut oak. Full-bodied, toasty and savoury, packed with plush dark fruit, though not short on perfume, a welcome mat of dense chewy tannin, plenty of oak and fruit and moderate freshness, with a dry finish of good length, and glimmers of red fruit." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"The flavours, the savouriness and the feel of this wine are all appealing. Lots of detail with nothing overt. The palate lends itself to cocoa-powder tannins, the oak is integrated and there's a depth of flavour. It comes out as a complete wine." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)


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