Jim Barry purchased the Lodge Hill vineyard in 1977 as he was sure that it would “produce some of the best Riesling in Clare”. Situated on the eastern ranges of the township of Clare, it is one of the highest vineyards in the Valley at an altitude of 480 meters, and is ideal for producing steely, minerally Rieslings, distinctive to the area. Clare is one of the few regions in the world that produce this dry, delicate style with less than 2 grams of residual sugar per liter. The wine is a brilliant, very pale straw color, with a greenish tinge. The nose shows lovely floral characters, blossom notes and pear/lime juice aromas. The palate is dry, with sharply focused tangy lemon rind and lime fruit flavors. Its chalky texture balances the steely crisp acid with a very long, limey finish. A wine to be enjoyed now or after it has aged gracefully.
Jim Barry started making wine in Clare Valley in 1947 after graduating with a diploma in viticulture from the now famous Roseworthy Agricultural University. He took up the offer to work at the Clare Valley Winery and became the first qualification holding winemaker in Clare Valley.
In 1959, Jim, with his wife Nancy, purchased their first piece of land on the northern outskirts of Clare. Using the knowledge and experience gained over many years, he set up his own winery in 1973 and his first vintage was in 1974. During his 57 years of wine making, he experienced many changes. “When I first came to the Clare Valley, we moved grapes around with a horse and cart.
Today our business is on a global scale but there is one thing that hasn’t changed. That is the quality of our wine. Ultimately, wine itself is the most important thing. “Jim Barry passed away in 2004 and now his 3 sons are continuing on with the tradition that he built, and running the winery.