Jim Barry Assyrtiko, Clare Valley 2017
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Sub Area||Clare Valley|
|Style||Dry and full|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Shellfish, Crustacea|
This is one of Australia’s most exciting wines of late and it is also one of the world’s finest Assyrtikos. Given that this is a Greek grape, which Peter Barry lovingly imported and painstakingly planted in Clare with no idea if it would perform, this wine is somewhat of a miracle. That I love it so much it won a coveted place in my 100 Best Australian Wines Report says it all. Sadly, this vineyard was caught up in a bush fire not so long ago, so this is a rare item, too. If you love fabulously intellectual, bone dry white wines with perfume to die for, then this is it.
This dry white made from the variety that reaches its zenith on the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea may not have quite the mineral sharpness of its Greek counterpart; but it’s heading in that direction with its limey aromas and textured ripe fruit complemented by a mouthwateringly crisp acidity.
*Top 50 Whites for Summer*
Saline more than warm and earthily volcanic on the nose. (But then of course this one is not grown in volcanic soils....) Very well made. Clean and fresh with the lemon and saline qualities of Santorini Assyrtiko well to the fore. It's certainly as good as if not better than many non-Santorini Assyrtikos I have tasted and is admirable well balanced and persistent… 16.5/20.