2013 Jim Barry "Lodge Hill" Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $20)
*Special Value Selection* Full crimson-purple; the back label proclaims that the Lodge Hill Vineyard is the highest in the Clare Valley at 480m and the wine has cool-grown nuances in its bloodstream; jet black fruits have rivulets of licorice, pepper and spice with banks of fine, savoury tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Shiraz The Lodge Hill is redolent of eucalyptus, Chinese five spice, blackberries, black cherries and pepper hints, then fills the medium to full-bodied palate with a good amount of chewy tannins and plenty of spicy black fruit before ending medium to long in the finish. (LPB)
Fresh and juicy, with cherry and spice flavors set against an earthy background, finishing with spirit. (Web Only—2015)
A K&L Special - what a steal at this price! A single vineyard wine, from low yielding vines in one of Clare Valley's highest elevation vineyards (+/- 1600 feet)! The low yields from these rocky mountain soils give the wine its powerful concentration of flavor and texture. The high elevation means big diurnal temperature changes (hot days - cool nights) helping balance the bold, powerful fruit flavors with juicy acidity and explosive aromatics. Brought to us by the same winemaking team that produces the iconic, 99 point Robert Parker "Armagh Shiraz". Winemaker's Notes: "Presents an inky/opaque almost black with dark magenta hue. Aromatically it offers sweet spice, roasting herbs, mulberry, black berry and vine fruits. Exuberant palate with juicy purple fruits of the blue berry, blackcurrant type hoisted upon chalk like fine grained tannins, finishing long and juicy."