Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine is a deep rich fruit forward Shiraz displaying lots of black berries to match the nose. The wine is fairly complex in the mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some noticeable alcohol along with some mild acidity. There are little to no spice/pepper/tannins on the finish of this wine. It’s a smooth well made wine. I would give it an 89 or so. We paired it with a juicy striploin. My GF said almost immediately there’s something missing in this wine. And it was the pepper she expects.
From the LCBO web site:
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012—VINTAGES#: 998476 STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Vivid purple-crimson; a totally delicious wine with a spring in its step more frequently encountered in cool climate shiraz; its fruit flavours span blood plum, red cherry and mulberry, these complexed by spice and garden herbs, the tannins fine and supple. Great value. Drink [until] 2027. Score – 95. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 26, 2014) $26.95
Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley $26.95 (998476) 14.5% alcohol
Jim Barry Wines are one of 12 family-owned ‘Australia’s First Families of Wine’; producing wine with sense of place. A reliably well-made and deftly balanced wine, this vintage delivers a dense, intense wine that features optimally ripened black fruits mingling with notions of pepper and herbs. Dry, full bodied, pepper and exotic spice shine on the palate, the full fruit flavours mingling with earthy, toasty notes to create appealing complexity. There’s a subtle yet defined structure framing the fruit, clean acidity matched to a touch of warmth that lingers on the extended finish. A good buy and a fine match for roast lamb. (Susan Desjardins) 4.5/5 stars.