Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2012

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
Vintage:  2012
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Price: $6.99

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.

Black Opal Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

What a great name for a winery from Australia – Black Opal.  It conjures so much with so few words.  Thus, attempting to follow their lead ….

Winemaker:  Black Opal
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  South Eastern Australia
Price:  $8.99

Notes:   In the glass this Australian Cab was a deep garnet – leaning a bit toward the browner shade in the garnet spectrum.  The bouquet brought me pine cleaner, unctuous cherry, and earth.  Acidity was good, the body was medium, and I felt the tannins were on the heavier side of light.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the tongue I tasted copious wood, baked cherry, bitters, sour dill and what I can only describe as a hint of biscuit.  Seriously, it was a flavor not dissimilar to the spoon drop biscuits my grandmother used to make.  As a result, the lingering finish was very reminiscent of cherry pie.  I swear I’m not making this up!  Although I would have preferred a bit more from the tannins since it is a Cabernet Sauvignon, I have to say I enjoyed drinking this inexpensive offering from Black Opal.  Is that because of my grandmother’s biscuits?  Well … maybe.  But I also happen to like cherry pie!

Jacob’s Creek Pinot Grigio 2012

There are so many white wine options to choose from that my adventures with a Pinot Grigio in the glass have been fewer than say with a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.  I don’t have anything against the varietal, though, so I picked up this Australian PG to try on a warm summer evening.

2012Winemaker:  Jacob’s Creek
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  South Eastern Australia
Price:  $5.99

Notes:   The bouquet was interesting to me because not only was there citrus and lots of floral scent, it also seemed like it had some of the pollen, too.  The color of this inexpensive Jacob’s Creek PG was a very light straw.  It was a light-bodied wine with good acidity.  The label put the alcohol at 11.3%  Flavors for me were plenty of grass and citrus, mineral notes throughout, some citrus zest, and a light sweetness across the palate.  It was pleasant enough to sip and would make a fairly decent accompaniment with a light, white fish – no heavy spices or sauces, though.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Jacobs Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2010One of Australia’s most popular vintners, Jacob’s Creek Winery traces it’s roots back over 160 years to a young Bavarian immigrant who is credited with planting the first commercial vineyards in the Barossa Valley.  Today Jacob’s Creek Winery is owned by Orlando Wines which is, in turn, owned by a company called Premium Wine Brands which is owned by Pernod Ricard.  Pernod Ricard is a global conglomerate which has in it’s portfolio such well-known adult beverage brands as Absolut vodka, Seagrams gin, Jameson’s Irish whiskey, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Kahlúa coffee liqueur, and Glenlivet scotch.   Oh my!  That’s quite a group of siblings!  So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Jacob’s Creek wines are exported to over 60 countries worldwide.

Winemaker:  Jacob’s Creek
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  South Eastern Australia
Price:  $9.49

Notes:   This Australian red was a dark ruby in the glass.   It had an interesting bouquet – cherry and vanilla with whiffs of dirty sock.  It was light-bodied to me, especially for a Cabernet Sauvignon.  On the tongue I tasted plenty of cherry, some plum, and a light sprinkling of pepper along with some tar and tobacco notes.  There wasn’t much in the way of tannins except a touch of eucalyptus near the finish.  Acidity is high, and alcohol is at 13.5%.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Jacob’s Creek Riesling 2009

This was originally published on 12/13/2010 over at Blogarhythms.

I enjoy Rieslings – most often for their mix of tart flavors and residual sweetness.  Although this selection from Jacob’s Creek is dryer than most at 12% alcohol, it was still true to it’s kind.

Vineyard:     Jacob’s Creek
Varietal:       Riesling
Vintage:       2009
Appellation: Southeastern Australia
Price:          $6.95
Notes:     As I mentioned, I enjoy the juxtaposition of tart and sweet that a Riesling brings to the palate while usually remaining lighter and crisper than say a Gewürztraminer.  What was this one like?  It was quite pleasant and rather straightforward. To me the flavors showed a very present core of lime with some hints of grapefruit and grass.  I liked it.  At $4.99 on sale, I’d definitely drink it again!

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.