1998 Jim Barry "Armagh" Shiraz, Clare Valley

SKU #995044 95 points James Halliday

 Dense red-purple; rich, luscious dark berry, chocolate and earth aromas, perfectly ripened, with the oak in the back seat where it should be. The palate is rich and luscious, with layer-upon-layer of minty berry fruit and tannins to sustain it for the long haul.  (9/2000)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby to the rim. Knockout superripe nose combines roasted blackberry, violet, licorice, maple syrup and peat; developed an almost port-like kirsch note with aeration. Thick, pliant and superconcentrated, but with a sappy impression of extract giving the amazingly generous dark berry, violet and spice flavors great clarity and three-dimensional texture. Tannins are big but thoroughly ripe, and the wine fruit, spice and meat flavors really explode on the finish. A great expression of shiraz.  (8/2001)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Dense, tight and generous with its toasty, spicy blackberry and cherry flavors. Focused, vivid and long, with a bite of acidity to keep things feeling fresh. This stands up straight and seems ready to march on for decades.--Australian reds blind retrospective. (Web-2008)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The blockbuster 1998 Shiraz The Armagh exhibits a murky plum/garnet/purple color in addition to a big, sweet nose of black fruits, earth, pepper, and spice. It reveals more tannin than the 1999 or 2000, in addition to all the concentration, force, and viscosity of the 1999. The 1998 possesses a more rugged finish, but it is, overall, a wine of greater depth and dimension. While not as velvety-textured as either of its younger siblings, it is loaded with potential. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016. (RP)  (10/2002)

K&L Notes

Superstar from down under-a zillion points. Joyce's favorite.

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