Jim Barry Watervale Riesling
Min. Quantity: 3
The Jim Barry Watervale Riesling is a bright, pale straw colour in the glass. The nose has lifted notes of freshly cut citrus and lemon balm, with lively bath salt aromas. The palate is fleshy and fruit weighted, with lemon and lime zest flavours. The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. A slate like mineral finish balances this mouth-watering, classic Watervale Riesling, totally delicious.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"Has to be close to the best value wine in Australia in Feb '19. It has accumulated gold medals at the Sydney Wine Show, a trophy at the Clare Valley Wine Show, and a curious two gold medals and a trophy at the Qantas Food and Wine Awards ‘18. Why? Lime juice is frequently the ace in the hole for rieslings in Australia and Germany, but here it's an entrancing display of Meyer lemon and unfolding Granny Smith apple. Oh my." (on the 2018 Vintage).
Halliday Wine Companion - August 2019 (JH). — 96 Points
The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of Australian table wine, graduating with the 17th diploma in winemaking in Australia. He went on to become the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and with his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business, which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the custodian of Jim Barry Wines is their second son Peter, who joined the family winery in 1977 and now works along side his own sons, Tom and Sam.
Riesling Riesling can vary in style, from the dry and crisp through to sweet, honey-like dessert wines. Always intensely fruity and aromatic, this variety has found a home in a number of wine producing countries around the world. Not least, it produces some of Australia’s greatest wines Riesling’s homeland is Germany, with the Rhine and Mosel Valleys the most important. It is also found in Alsace, France where the style is more similar to that found in Australia. Riesling’s most noticeable characteristic is its naturally high acid which gives each wine a crispness and clarity of flavour. Alcohol levels tend to be low to moderate. Riesling has a remarkable ability to communicate terroir, with distinctive regional characteristics identifiable in the glass. Winemakers must take care to preserve and retain the natural fresh varietal characters of the fruit, as it is these that define the wine upon release. So maintaining primary fruit character and freshness during vinification is critically important. Dry riesling ranges in colour from pale straw to light yellow. With age, these wines take on deeper tones. Young dry rieslings typically exude fresh lemon and lime characters with fragrant floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and fresh citrus. With age these wines develop notes of toast, honey and brioche. Riesling wines age and evolve superbly due to their exceptional acid/fruit balance. You can enjoy Australian rieslings, fresh and young or aged and mature. Here are the different styles Fresh & Young drink now styles The rieslings produced in Australia are perfect for immediate enjoyment. These wines are bottled soon after vintage and rushed to the market. The wines show the appealing aromas of fresh, springtime and summer flowers, jasmine and lavender with a lime-fresh citrus twist. They are usually bone dry with refreshing, perky acid and the name of the game is freshness. What can be more enlivening than the bright, lifted aromas and tastes of a four month old Aussie riesling, framed by its own zesty acid? Most current release rieslings are now bottled under screwcap to ensure they retain their natural fruit freshness and deliver the wine to your glass as the winemaker intended. Aged and Mature styles While delicious in youth, these wines will also age in the bottle, sometimes for many years, even decades! Mature Australian rieslings will have shown all of the attractive vibrant aromatics in their youth, but also have enough structural backbone and complexity of flavour to support extended bottle aging. These wines get better as they evolve and take on a more intense colour. The bouquet becomes significantly more complex with distinctive lime characters and a toastiness, reminiscent of oak maturation. This toastiness develops even though the wines are not fermented or matured in oak.
About Clare Valley
Wine has been flowing in the Clare Valley since 1851 and is an integral part of the culture. It is one of Australia’s most prestigious premium wine regions, most famous for its Riesling and Shiraz. A small area, accounting for less than 1.5% of Australia’s total wine production. With its beautiful, rolling hills, ideal winter rainfall and Mediterranean climate, the Clare Valley carries a unique history and winemaking heritage.
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Light Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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