The Jacob’s Creek wine brand started back in 1976 and was named after a creek in the Barossa Valley, on the banks of which the first commercial vineyard in the province was planted. The grapes in this wine, but, don’t come from the Barossa Valley. Rather, they come from the Coonawarra province, which is south of Barossa Valley and is the southernmost wine province in South Australia. This is a cool province, with a maritime influence, that is known for its cabernet sauvignon.
Coonawarra is also a long ways away from Cincinnati, Ohio (where I’m tasting this wine) and I’m sometimes amazed at the thought that they can ship a bottle of wine from Australia, sell it for about ten bucks and subdue make a profit. Sometimes the things we take for granted are really pretty incredible when you step back and reckon about them.
This wine is really bright on the nose, with lively cassis, beet and blackberry aromas. http://1000-facts-about-wine.com It also has a slight herbal note. The palate is also quite bright, with tangy cherry flavors leading the way and evolving into a plum flavor. The acidity is planetary, building this a wonderful wine to pair with fatty foods. The end is relatively long and shows cherry and beet flavors. While some cabernet is just huge and bold, this one is bright and exciting.
Wine: Jacob’s Creek Coonawarra Reserve
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.