Clos Clare Cemetery Block Shiraz 2009 (Clare Valley, SA)
14%, Screwcap, $25
The Barry boys have nailed this one. Hailing from an 18 year old Shiraz block near a renowned Clare Valley cemetery, this wine has always looked solid, regional and serviceable, yet never before has it looked so savoury, deep and well balanced. A massive triumph in what was still a heatwave vintage. High five Tom and Sam Barry. It may be blasphemous for some but I actually prefer this to the superstar 2012 Riesling right now.
What I like about this is that choc-mint Clare Valley regional glory. The expected hearty and slightly warm concentration is there but without the sweetness (of oak, fruit and alcohol) that seems to dog many Clare Valley reds. It’s just a little hot through the finish, but otherwise the depth of Mint Slicey, is-that-oak-or-fruit character on display is so undeniably tasty.
Think Bin 61 but with better oak and less artifice and you’re in the right zone. Bitter tannins a nice endpoint too, punctuating what is a very long finish.
Score: 18.5/20 94/100
Would I buy it? Yes.