2006 Jim Barry "Lodge Hill" Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia

SKU #1043775

91 points and a "Smart Buy" from the Wine Spectator: "Bright and effusive, slipping a spicy note into the mix as the blackberry and red cherry flavors pop. Veers toward peppermint as the finish lingers with supple texture. Best from 2009 through 2014. 5,000 cases imported." 91 points and an "Editors' Choice" from the Wine Enthusiast: "This full-bodied, richly textured Shiraz outpunches its weight class, offering licorice, blackberry and plum aromas and fruit-driven flavors that pick up savory nuances of coffee and black olive on the knockout finish." (12/08) 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Value reds $20 and under. In an earlier review, Jay Miller wrote: "The 2006 Lodge Hill Shiraz was aged for 11 months in seasoned French and American oak. Purple-colored, the fragrant nose reveals violets, mineral, spice box, and a hint of eucalyptus. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with gobs of savory fruit, plenty of spice notes, good depth, and a lengthy finish. Give it 1-2 years to evolve and drink it from 2010 to 2018." (08/08)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/4/2009  | Send Email
Wow! Can you smell that rosemary? Fresh garden herbs spiked with cracked black pepper just leap out of the glass of this Shiraz. Add in some savory notes and you have a Shiraz that is very Northern Rhone-like in the nose, which is an aromatic profile I favor. Lots of red and black berry fruit on the palate and smoky/gamey flavors that make me crave...bacon? The oak is well-integrated and the wine shows great balance for being full-bodied and big. If you think you don't like Aussie Shiraz, try this - you just might be willing to make an exception.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Clare Valley