Wine Review

Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2019 (Clare Valley, SA)

Jim Barry Assyrtiko
Jim Barry Assyrtiko

Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2019: Review

This is a precision food wine made from the Greek grape assyrtiko. Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2019 is made from a grape that thrives in hot climates, and so it is no surprise therefore that it is being made in the Clare Valley.

To my knowledge Jim Barry is the only Australian producer of assyrtiko having imported the vine cuttings himself from a single 300-year-old, dormant and pre-phyloxera vine from the Argyros Estate, Santorini. As a result of this the 2016 vintage won that years Australian Alternative Wine Show’s ‘Chief of Judge’s Wine to Watch Award’.

Because of being grown in the Clare this wine carries good fruit within its flavour profile – a distinct lemon is the most obvious in this case. And there’s acidity too, and plenty of it since it is in the nature of the grape itself. It’s more acidic than a typical sauvignon blanc which is why I’d recommend as a food wine. If your evening will feature more than one wine, it will be important to drink this in sequence. It should be straight after the bubbles, or simply the first fine. I tasted this after an aligote (think chardonnay) which with hindsight the wrong order.

Wine Companion gave it 94/100 points.

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Food Matching | Food Pairing

This is a food wine; best with white fish. For cheese try a goat or sheep milk cheese like Prom Country Black Sheep or Pecora’s Bloomy, or see my cheese and wine pairing guide for more options.

Where to Buy

Always try Wine Searcher It’ll cost about AUD 35. I got mine from Cloudwine, or the winemaker’s website.

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