Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2019
Jim Barry Assyrtiko has a vibrant pale straw colour in the glass. It opens with lifted floral aromas, followed by notes of pear and lime. This Assyrtiko shows great flavour concentration, with a flinty streak of minerality running through its core. The crisp and refreshing line of acidity gives the wine a lively feel. It finishes with a fine chalky texture with a nice length.
The one and only Assyrtiko in Australia is currently is being produced by the iconic Barry family Clare Valley. This crisp white variety, native to the island of Santorini, was imported by Peter Barry in 2006 and is now finally in full production.
It’s a crunchy, stony and minerally wine that is produced from these grapes. Peter Barry had a gut feeling it would have potential in the Clare Valley. A few vintages in and that instinct is proving right.
Let’s hear it from the winemaker:
“I first tasted Assyrtiko in August 2006 while on holiday with my wife Sue on the Greek island of Santorini, birthplace of the Assyrtiko grape variety. The crisp, acidic qualities reminded me of our Clare Valley Rieslings and yet it was a flavour I had not experienced before. Intrigued with this newfound variety, I began the process of importing cuttings into Australia through quarantine. In August 2012 we planted Australia’s first Assyrtiko at our Lodge Hill Vineyard, a special and unique site treasured by my family and suited to this variety. Our Assyrtiko journey has been fascinating and has enabled us to produce a wine which, I believe, is a true expression of the variety. I hope you find the flavours as interesting as I did in 2006.” Peter Barry, Third Generation Family Winemaker.
Interested in another Greek wine? Check out Anatolikos Malagousia Wild White
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 92 Points
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