2013 Jim Barry "Lodge Hill" Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1244543 93 points James Halliday

 *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.  (2/2015)

90 points 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)  (7/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and juicy, with cherry and spice flavors set against an earthy background, finishing with spirit. (Web Only—2015)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
One of the best value-priced bottles currently hiding in plain sight, Jim Barry's Lodge Hill is a stunning example of how Australian wine has matured into a balanced, layered experience. Black and blue fruits show right up front without coming on too strong, supported by Asian spices and minerality. Lifted acidity helps see it through to a long, vibrant finish with lingering notes of pepper and licorice.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
The wine's vibrant, inky purple color is reflected in the fragrant nose of black and blue fruits…crushed blackcurrant, blueberry and ripe plum. There’s exotic toasted spice here, too, and some graphite mineral. The palate is succulent and fruit forward but NOT a fruit bomb…the natural acidity keeps the lashings of fruit nicely in balance and draws the wine out long on the palate. The tannins are ripe and fine meaning this can be enjoyed in its youth or kept for 3-5 years+. It’s so crowd-pleasing and very well put together, especially at this razor sharp pricing. Enjoy!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
This Shiraz is surprisingly light on its feet and a STEAL for the price. The aromatics are intense, inviting, and masculine: a mix of peppercorn, dusty eucalyptus, anise, vanilla, violet, minerals, and a touch of cumin seed. The wine's fragrant nose and intense hue led me to believe that the palate was going to be more concentrated than it is. I was so pleasantly surprised by its healthy acidity and structured tannins - both of which really keep the wine's richness in check. This Shiraz's fruit, while still deep, is surprisingly sprightly, as well! This is a really impressive bottle of wine that I'd wager even non-Shiraz drinkers will appreciate!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
This is a dark and spicy. It just jumps out at you, before you can even put your nose in the glass! Dark berry fruit, pepper, Asian spices, toasty oak, ripe tannins on the palate. This is not a shy wine, nor is it overwhelming. It delivers a tremendous value.

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- 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.


- 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 wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley 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 and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. 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. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Clare Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5