01/23/2021 (Sat) 04:43:01
“My family knew him as ‘The Forger’. Bob McKay was his name. As a fi ve year old I would travel with my father Jim to the small settlement of Armagh and watch in awe as this true craftsman stood by the red hot coals of the forge, working his magic of turning molten steel into all shapes and sizes. Sparks would fl y as The Forger’s mighty hammer crashed down on the anvil’s edge, shaping the steel. Wiping his brow, he would plunge the fi nished piece into a bucket of cold water. ‘Gives it strength,’ Bob would say.“This wine not only pays tribute to Bob McKay but all other pioneers of the Clare Valley who created a legacy of hard work and superb craftsmanship.“I would like to think we have followed the skill and craftsmanship in producing this wine. You be the judge.” – Peter Barry
Medium red with a purple hue in the glass, this wine opens with a brooding array of purple fruits; dark plum and blackberry with a hint of violet lift. This primary fruit is countered with notes of cinnamon and sweet oak char. The palate is packed with the rich brambly fruit which follows on from the nose. Fine, chalky tannins give the wine a plush, velvety texture that fi lls the length of the palate. The Forger has a rich, lingering, persistent fi nish and is ideal for cellaring.