As a lover of all things Italian, I usually look to Tuscany or Piedmont when pairing pasta with wine. But at a recent dinner party, a corked bottle of Italian red sent us for a backup bottle. One of my friends had brought Jim Barry’s 2007 The Lodge Hill Shiraz, which did an excellent job of balancing exuberant fruit with its overall elegant style. There was lots of boysenberry and spice on the creamy palate, along with subtle hints of mint and eucalyptus. But it was the wine’s fresh acidity that created a good partnership with the pasta. I gave it 89 points, non-blind.
The Clare Valley boasts one of Australia’s more moderate climates, recommending it to Riesling, for which the region is best known. However, this wine proves that Shiraz can shine here as well, and at $17 it’s a fine value.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Jim Barry Shiraz Clare Valley The Lodge Hill 2007 (90, $20).