Jim Barry Wines Wins Best Riesling for 2012 Lodge Hill

It’s the sort of hat trick cricket enthusiast Peter Barry (pictured) can’t stop cheering about – winning the coveted Trophy for the Best Exhibitor at the Clare Valley Wine Show for the third year in a row.

But while this hat trick may be a record in a regional wine show, the victory is even sweeter given that the Jim Barry Wines team also won the Trophy for Best Wine of the Show with his 2012 Lodge Hill Riesling, effectively making it one of the best Rieslings in Australia.

“Clare is acknowledged around the world as Australia’s premier Riesling producing region, so I’m proud to claim that by winning the top trophy in the Clare Valley Wine Show, this is the best of the best,” he said.

The Riesling was selected as the show’s number one wine by a judging panel of national experts including Master of Wine Andrew Corrigan, wine writer Tim White, Wine Australia executive Aaron Brasher and leading winemakers Geoff Merrill, Matthew Pick and David O’Leary (Chairman).

“Our company has always been a strong supporter of the wine show system as it provides us with independent feedback,” Peter said. “There is no better way of benchmarking your wines than being lined up against your peers.

“When you win the trophy for the best wine of the show over 129 other Clare Rieslings you really know you have achieved something – it’s a very tough competition.”

The Lodge Hill Vineyard, which was planted by Peter’s father Jim in 1979, has produced a stable of medal winners over its 33 year history.

The Lodge Hill Riesling won the Best Riesling Trophy in Adelaide as far back as 1986 and only last year the 2010 Lodge Hill Riesling won the Douglas Lamb perpetal trophy for best dry-style Riesling at the Sydney Wine Show.

The vineyard also produces superb Shiraz, with the current release 2010 Lodge Hill Shiraz winning four gold medals here and overseas.

“The success is all about the location and elevation,” Peter says. “At 480 metres above sea level it is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Clare and also one of the windiest.

“In summer the winds blow the heat out of the soil and bring the grape temperatures down. This creates elegant red wines and white wines with excellent acid structure and longevity.”

Peter said the shallow slate soils also contributed to the unique flavour profile and longevity of Lodge Hill wines.

“Dad introduced drip irrigation to Clare in 1969. It ensured the vines on these shallow soils received enough water during the harsh summer to yield a quality crop that was not sunburned due to defoliation.

“Drip irrigation allowed growers to plant on slopes with shallower soils. Prior to this they were restricted to the deeper, alluvial soils of the valley or patches of limestone on the hills.”

Among the other trophies scooped by the Barry family at this year’s show included Best Dry Red from the Exhibition Section, for the 20 year old 1992 The Armagh Shiraz and Best Vintage Section Shiraz for the 2010 The Armagh.



8 gold medals


Best Vintage Section Shiraz
• 2010 The Armagh Shiraz (Screwcap)

Best Dry Red from Exhibition Sections
• 1992 The Armagh Shiraz

Mick Knappstein Trophy – Best Current Vintage Riesling
• 2012 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling

Best Riesling of Show
• 2012 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling

Jim Barry Trophy – Best Wine of Show
• 2012 The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling


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