No experiment is valid without a control. Right? Something to compare the experiment’s results to. So after having tried that Penfolds Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz Cab that I happened upon recently, I decided to grab another Australian blend of the same grape varietals for a comparison. Admittedly, they aren’t from the same vintage and the wines aren’t blended in the same percentages. Not exactly a true scientific method. Still, I was curious.
Winemaker: Jacob’s Creek
Wine: Shiraz Cabernet
Varietal: Red Blend
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Notes: Jacob’s Creek has blended 56% Shiraz and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon for this selection. Color was a … drum roll, please … dark garnet. OK, no real surprise there. The bouquet? Well, it held aromas of earth, mushroom, eucalyptus and dark plum. Body – medium; acidity – fairly high; tannins – medium with an aggressive attack (some use the term grippy); alcohol – 13.9%. Flavors? Yes. LOL No, seriously, the major player on the palate was oak. It’s what hit me first and kept on coming. In addition there were plum and pepper with hints of cocoa and bitter coffee bean on the finish. Bottom line – it was OK, but I would have enjoyed it more had it not been for the preponderance of oak. Of course, that’s based on my own personal preferences. You may enjoy the starring role that oak plays at the Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabaret – I mean, Cabernet. Then again, maybe this is a wine that needs a little time in the bottle for the flavors to balance out.