Jim Barry 1999 Watervale Florita Vineyard Clare Valley Riesling - mango and pine, aromatic and ripe.
Jim Barry 2000 Watervale Florita Vineyard Clare Valley Riesling - fresh, crisp lime on the nose and palate. Clean and steely. $13
Jim Barry 1998 Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Opaque. Spice and cherries, a whiff of mint. Full and ripe, fruit acid and tannins.
Jim Barry 1999 Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Tank sample, to be bottled in two weeks) - peppery cassis, open and appealing. Deep, ripe fruit, balanced and appealing.
Jim Barry 1997 McCrae Wood Clare Valley Shiraz - Very dark purple. Remarkable big aroma, spicy and perfumed, smoke and grilled meat; more Rhone-like than many Oz Shirazes. Similar on the palate, large but refined.
Jim Barry 1998 McCrae Wood Clare Valley Shiraz - dark garnet. Plums, mint and light gamey notes.
Jim Barry 1999 McCrae Wood Clare Valley Shiraz (Tank sample) - Inky purple, peppery and ripe; plummy fruit and notes of spearmint.
Jim Barry 1998 The Armagh - Inky blackish-purple. Ripe black fruit laced up with leather and anise and a whiff of tarragon. Mouth-filling, layered, flavors follow the nose - that oxymoronic thing, a refined blockbuster.
Jim Barry 1999 The Armagh (Tank sample) - Inky, black. Deep, brooding, closed but still impressive, a subtle and complex mix of ripe fruit, pepper, leather and spicy perfume.
Leasingham 2000 Bin 7 Clare Valley Riesling - Crisp apple, lime and a hint of green pepper. Fresh and appealing. $11.58
Leasingham 1998 Bin 23 Clare Valley Semillon - pears and apples, full white fruit and snappy acidity. $11.50
Leasingham 1998 Bin 37 Clare Valley Chardonnay - Candy apple and butterscotch. Ripe tropical fruit flavors, soft but dry and firmly structured. $11.50
Leasingham 1998 Bin 56 Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec - Dark garnet. Blackcurrant and spice, a hint of leather. $18.?0
Leasingham 1997 Bin 61 Clare Valley Shiraz - Dark garnet. Plummy fruit, restrained pepper. Bright tart-cherry fruit, snappy and appealing. $18.70
Leasingham 1997 Classic Clare Shiraz - Very dark purple. Very attractive cherries and spice, full, ripe and structured. $39.90
Leasingham 1997 Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon - Dark garnet. Open aromas, dusty cassis and spicy oak. Deep fruit and saddle leather, structured and ripe. $39.90
Leasingham 1994 Classic Clare Sparkling Shiraz - Plummy and ripe, frothy and slightly sweet. Bubbles carry surprisingly complex Shiraz fruit. $39.90
After a quick lunch at a pub in the Clare Valley village of Auburn, we returned to Adelaide, stopping at Primo and Barossa Valley Estate which were reported under Adelaide Plains.