Journeymen wines abound at the $15 to $20 price point for South Australian shiraz, and their story can be difficult to tell. The expression can seem standardised, although ironically, such standardisation may best express their terroir. There’s a hint of journeyman with this release of The Lodge Hill shiraz from Jim Barry, but I think the wine is slightly better than that for a couple of reasons. First, it is a perfectly enjoyable wine now – its aromatics remind of pepper and blueberry pie. And the palate is quite peppery too, expressing itself in a pleasant and comforting style with echoes of Craiglee. Sure, the echoes are not sonorous, but they are there nonetheless. Second, Jim Barry wines – even at the lower end – seem to age well, and I see no reason why this wine will be any different. Overall, this is a well made example of Clare Valley shiraz for the price.