2012 Jim Barry "Lodge Hill" Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Vivid purple-crimson; a totally delicious wine with a spring in its step more frequently encountered in cool climate Shiraz; its fruit flavours span blood plum, red cherry and mulberry, these complexed by spice and garden herbs, the tannins fine and supple. Great value.
Wine & Spirits
**Best Buy and one of the Year's Best Australian Shiraz** This grows in a warm spot in a high-elevation vineyard otherwise planted to Riesling. It’s clean, fragrant and relatively light in weight; the purple plum fruit has a tart acidity, creating a peppery crush of flavor.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 The Lodge Hill Shiraz is scented of crushed mulberries, black cherries and plums, with nuances of cloves and lavender. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of juicy black fruit flavors supported by a medium level of rounded tannins and balancing acid, it finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2018+.
Lithe and lissome, this sleek style offers dark berry, tea leaf and spice flavors on a polished frame, lingering easily against nubby tannins. Drink now through 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose, with suggestions of cracked pepper and licorice adding complexity. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering ripe blueberry and cassis flavors that are lifted and sharpened by gentle acidity. Finishes on a smoky note, with good energy and dusty tannins adding grip. Give this youthful shiraz a little air if you plan on drinking it right now.
The 2012 vintage was nearly perfect and probably the best in a decade for Clare Valley. The 2012 Lodge Hill Shiraz has a deep black color with a magenta hue. Aromatically it offers vibrant notes of blueberry and dark cherry. A juicy, fleshy palate is supported by ripe cherry and blackberry fruit. This is delicately built with fine, lingering tannins - wrapped up in integrated, well-seasoned oak. The Lodge Hill Shiraz vineyard, on the Clare Valley’s eastern ranges, has soils of rich loam over almost vertical sheets of rock. The cracks between the rock have filled with soil, providing passage for the vine roots and free drainage - the ideal environment for low-yielding Shiraz vines.