The Barry family has been in the wine game since 1944 and in 1959 purchased their first vineyard in Clare Valley. The business has been growing and expanding ever since, instilling the motto ‘from vine to wine’ they take pride in overseeing the entire wine making process. I have before me their ‘Three Little Pigs’ mixed variety, sporting a neat label design.
Jim Barry ‘Three Little Pigs’ (South Australia/Clare Valley)
- Cabernet, Shiraz & Malbec
- 750ml (Screw Top)
- I paid: $18
As I pour this wine the smells bounce straight out of the glass… Heavy set soil, chalkiness & blueberries give me the impression it is a loud wine. Silky, thick blueberries accompanied by a light leather component are the first things to hit my palate. These flavours steadily transform into a black olive midsection which eases into a finish of dark liquorice, cocoa and a linger of cranberries. It’s dry, but in a pleasant way and definitely brings with it some hard hitting character.
Not for the faint hearted. If you’re looking for soft, elegant reds, look elsewhere. If you want a kick in the gums, rich, dark & bittersweet, grab it! I’m a fan. This wine knows what it is and makes no excuses… Drink with some nice dark chocolate ;)
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