2022 Jim Barry, The Florita Riesling, 6x750ml

2022 Jim Barry, The Florita Riesling, 6x750ml

Alcohol: 12%

ETA February 2024

Availability: Pre-Shipment

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £133.50

Critics Score: 97+

Publication: Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2022-2052

The Barry brothers sent me a second bottle of the 2022 The Florita Riesling, which I am tasting here today, because they felt that it wasn't showing as well as it could the first time when I tasted it in October (it had only been bottled four weeks prior). In truth, I think it was showing just as well then as it is now, and it is a superstar. 2022 seemed to harness the fruit from the vineyard and boost it: more power, more concentration, more acid, more vivid ... just such exceptional wines. I've said this before, but 2022 could easily be the best vintage in the last 20 years, and for those who know, that takes us back to the great, the age-worthy, the revered 2002 vintage. This is a collector's year. Do not waste the opportunity, because the vintage, coupled with the screw-cap closure, will allow the wine to age for a long time.”
The Florita Riesling 2022 is a wine that truly showcases the unique terroir of the Clare Valley in South Australia. This Riesling is sourced from the Florita vineyard, which is widely regarded as one of the best Riesling vineyards in Australia. The vineyard's unique soil composition and microclimate produce wines with exceptional depth and complexity, and The Florita Riesling is no exception. This wine is a true expression of the Barry family's commitment to producing exceptional Riesling from grapes are handpicked and carefully selected to ensure only the best fruit is used in the winemaking process. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its delicate aromas and flavours. The result is a wine that is crisp, refreshing, and bursting with citrus and floral notes. It has a vibrant acidity that balances perfectly with its natural sweetness. A wine that truly demonstrates the unique terroir of the Clare Valley.

Florita’ is Spanish for ‘little flower’. Located fifteen kilometres south of Clare township in the tiny village of Watervale, the famous Riesling vineyard was planted to Palamino in 1946 for making Fino Sherry, and replanted to Riesling in 1962. The birthplace of Leo Buring Watervale Riesling, Florita was where legendary winemaker John Vickery sourced his grapes for his great Watervale Rieslings of the 1960s and 1970s. The 80-acre vineyard was sold by globally-owned multi-national company, Lindeman's to brother's Mark, Peter and John Barry in 1986.

First released as the 'Florita Riesling' in 2004 by Jim Barry Wines, this micro-batch Riesling is made from grapes hand-selected from individual rows. Its best fruit comes from vines planted in shallow loamy soils and the vineyard has good air-drainage which alleviates the risk of frost