Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2018

Price : $16

VALUE FOR MONEY?

February 5, 2019

Jim Barry – the man – was one of Australia’s great wine pioneers and helped put the Clare Valley on the map. He played a major role in the establishment of not one, but two of the region’s best-known wineries, having helped start Taylors Wines before moving out on his own. Today, Jim Barry Wines is in the hands of his son Peter and his grandchildren. It’s recognised as one of Australia’s First Families of Wine alongside the likes of Tyrrell’s, Henschke and Brown Brothers. Jim Barry produces a fairly wide range of wines, with the Armagh Shiraz at the top of the tree at around $325 a bottle. But I reckon the wine I’m reviewing today, the Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2018, is probably the most recognisable.

I’ve had the Watervale Riesling many times over the years and I can’t ever remember having a bad one. Of course, Clare Valley Riesling is generally of a highquality, year in year out – but Jim Barry always seems to be at the forefront. This is consistently one of the best value white wines on the shelves (if you like Riesling anyway). Here’s the review of this year’s offering:

The Review: Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2018

There’s a lovely, delicate perfume here: citrus, white flowers, peach, even a little banana. Acidity and a fruity sweetness march in lockstep all the way across the palate. It’s neither tart nor sweet but is very refreshing and summery and the finish lingers nicely. Frankly, I don’t know if sub-$20 whites get any better than this. I’d certainly rate this well above the likes of Pikes Traditionale Riesling, which is several dollars more. 

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