For the hard-working Barry family, 2019 will no doubt continue to see them travelling the country and the world extolling the virtues of all things Clare Valley and, in particular, the region’s benchmark riesling and shiraz. These two grape varieties are synonymous with both the area and the Barry name, headed by the exquisite The Florita Riesling and age-defying The Armagh Shiraz, both made with grapes from old vines. The Armagh is a landmark, the archetype Australian shiraz style.

Third-generation Tom Barry was awarded GT WINE Young Winemaker of the Year in 2013, while still in his 20s. Now in his 30s, and together with his brother, Sam, and sister, Olivia, he is quietly assuming control at Jim Barry Wines, while also working on a side project, Clos Clare. He combines tradition with innovation — not an easy balance to get right – pursuing the timeless beauty of great Clare riesling together with new varietal upstarts, such as assyrtiko.