Jacob’s Creek Shiraz

australian wine  %tages Jacob’s Creek ShirazOver the years I’ve been fortunate enough to have tasted many barrel samples with some really experienced winemakers.  With nearly each visit I’ve gained some valuable perspective to help me identify what wines are revealing, and more importantly what they have the potential to reveal.
Sampling the Jacob’s Creek brought me back to one tasting in particular.  That day I heard the winemaker use a very fascinating term to describe his barrel sample.   As he dispensed the wine into my glass with the thief, he enthusiastically offered up a prelude to what I was about to experience, with one very fascinating caveat.   He said his barrel sample was “subdue a bit angular”.  With one eyebrow now standing firmly at attention, I answered “angular?”  He said, “yea, angular”.  He went on: “sometimes young wines, particularly ones subdue in the barrel, offer up a lot of complex fruit and nuance, but the elements are not integrated yet”.  I knew exactly what he meant, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com but I had never heard wine described as having any rectilinear qualities.

So as I was tasting the Jacob’s Creek and determining what the wine was offering, the term angular came right back into memory.  On the nose the wine is more integrated, initially offering hints of banana and additional tropical notes, turning to rich plum and ripe cherry.  On the palate, the wine is quite jammy, offering loads of plum and cherry.  There is some mild pepper and spice, but I was a small disappointed that these predictable shiraz traits were not as prominent in the Jacob’s Creek.
But what had me comparing this wine to additional young barrel samples was the way the wine offered up it’s flavor nuances.  The wine shows it’s fruit in chunks, and then offers up additional details in not so subtle ways.  This wine hasn’t integrated yet.  A mature, well integrated wine is a lot like a well-conducted orchestra.  No one musician or instrument stands out.  You just hear gorgeous composition.  It http://1000-facts-about-wine.com would be honest to expect these traits right out of the barrel, but not after a few years in the bottle.  Which makes me wonder what a small more time will do for this wine.
Now, all that being said, I subdue rated this wine a very respectable 85.  There is some very potent fruit, that is currently overwhelming any spice or pepper.  I would in fact suggest laying this wine down for maybe 6 months to a year.   It’s not built to age over the long haul, but I reckon it would subsidy from just a small bit more time.  Time for the conductor to do his thing.
A  Salute!
Wine: Jacobs’ Creek
Variety: Shiraz
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 14%
Rating:  85
Fee: $12.99

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