Blessed with truly great fruit and plenty of winemaking knowledge, in the thirty years of The Armagh to date, there have only ever been three vintages deemed unworthy of release. The vineyard derives its name from a nearby hamlet of Armagh, established by Irish settlers in 1849 and named after lush, rolling hills of their homeland. The property was previously owned by Duncan McRae Wood and used to graze dairy cows before being purchased by Jim and Nancy Barry. At an elevation of 367 metres, the vines follow the contours of the north-west-facing slopes to prevent soil erosion and ensure winter rains soak in. We are delighted to offer the new release The Armagh Shiraz 2017.
96/100 Points – Decanter: “Such incredible perfume and florality from this standout Shiraz. Expressive and captivating, filled with roses and violets alongside cherries and plum fruit, milk chocolate and some sage notes. Medium-bodied on the palate but it’s the texture and overall presence of the wine in the mouth that gives this star quality. Tannins are fine and seductive, cashmere-like, edged with fruit intensity and spicy sides. This has a good energy to it, mouthwatering and pulsing with life with a long finish and lift at the end. Precision and power —built to last.”
96/100 Points – Halliday Wine Companion 2021: “Largely standard vinification with individual blocks ex The Armagh vineyard; 10 days on skins, some blocks given three weeks’ post-ferment maceration. Elegance isn’t the aim of The Armagh, but the 2017 vintage has made it easy. Richly flavoured with dark fruits. Savoury tannins balance and lengthen the palate.”