As the third generation of the Barry winemaking family, we now hold the keys to this boutique winery. Riesling is the Clare Valley’s signature variety and this is our ninth vintage from clos Clare’s Riesling patch, adjoining the historic ‘Florita’ vineyard in Watervale.
clos Clare is the label of Sam and Tom Barry, grandsons of Clare Valley legend Jim Barry. The family has decades of experience under its belt making some of the region’s greatest reds—and also being at the forefront with Clare’s signature white grape: Riesling. The Riesling is grown on a small section of the Florita vineyard, one of Australia's most celebrated Riesling sites. The brothers also make delightful single-vineyard expressions of Clare Valley Shiraz and Grenache - both underrated bargains.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed then racked into new (28%) and used French Hogs Heads, where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018.
Vintage: 2018 Varietal: Riesling Appellation: Clare Valley, SA Alcohol: 12.5%
Today, this incomparable wine is made by Sam Barry (Jim Barry’s grandson) and it is all about excitement – from the tender yet racy nose to the pellucid, glassy palate and beyond to a breakneck, high-drama finish. I have followed this wine for just short of twenty years and it has never failed to move me.