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Jacob's Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet

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Here we have a truly Aussie blend of shiraz from the Barossa, and cab sauv from Coonawarra. It's a a fulsome wine with a decent hit of oak, and shows lots of blackcurrant, mint and anise cab sauv characters on the nose, with a whiff of toasted coconut and dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied and plush, with choc-coated dark fruit flavours, a solid line of tannins, and a decent plum and chocolate finish. Lip-lickingly good!

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Dense crimson red with a vibrant hue. 

Nose: Rich and complex, showing a harmonious blend of ripe blackberry and 
licorice characters from Shiraz, with bright cassis fruits and distinctive 
mint, lift from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Oak is playing a subtle 
supporting role on the nose to the fresh vibrant primary fruit which is 
offset by a briary, savoury edge. 

Palate: This classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet dances across the 
palate. The concentrated and stylish fruit flavours are lovely, while the 
dense and seamless tannins combining with the elegantly integrated oak 
really set this wine apart. These elements combine to give a wine with 
density of flavour, seemingly effortless power and length that is, at all 
times, in perfect balance. 

Cellaring: Carefully cellaring this wine for the next 10-15 years will enable further 
development and integration of the ripe and intense fruit flavours. Our 
winemaker recommends that the ideal year of drinking would be 2019. 

expert reviews about

Jacob's Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Character and poise within a frame of great depth and seamless intensity. A grand vintage has produced a style at once effortless, yet with great concentration and black fruit depth. One of the greats.
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
You can tell this is a big boy by just looking at the deep ruby colour. Complex black plum, mulberry, black berry and black currant fruit complexity with a solid seamless scent. Full bodied and structured with serious tannins and serious length of ripe berry fruit. It's all there, just add time.
Rob Geddes MW
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Although softening on release this is one of Australia's best wines for cellaring fresh and completely balanced with a really long bridge of tannin down the palate and amazing fruit flavours. 2006 is a top vintage of this wine elegant ripe blackberries and black currant layered between expensive fine oak showing youthful fruit power. The palate has silky tannins layers of deep plum blackberries and black currant flavour with briar and oak notes and tight long tannins and a long lingering finish.
Rob Geddes MW
Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says
The winner of The Great Australian Red 2010, this is classic Johann, with its signature notes of mint and dark choc oak. The palate has tremendous tannin presence to support its violet, plum and blueberry fruits. It promises to be a particularly long-lived Johann.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep, healthy colour; a highly fragrant bouquet with bright black fruit aromas, then a deep and complex palate, with juicy red fruit notes contrasting with savoury tannins accompanied by darker fruits on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This is the classic Aussie blend, released as a mature wine and offering an intense and brooding mix of dry Aussie bush, olive, liquorice, tar and dark roasted spices; some plums, mocha and nutty oak too. The palate's juicy and rich: really strapping big swarthy fruit is pulled into shape with a dollop of sizzling acidity, and tannins are drawn neatly about the finish. Showing good complexity already, and has the structure to go further in bottle.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2004 Vintage) says
The new vintage for the top red from the Orlando stable is in fine form, with nuances of game and savoury spice maturity edging into its berry fruit and plum profile. There's a dose of that signature Johann mint and menthol that polarises judging panels, but this is toned down from the preceding two vintages. An impressive Johann that needs a decade and will live for two.
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The extra year, and very likely the cork closure, gives the wine a more savoury emphasis than the '05; has good length and elegance, the tannins fine, the oak integrated.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very good colour; extremely potent, powerful and long, the back palate enriched with fine tannins and dark fruits; outstanding wine; French oak; 65%/35%.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Sumptuous and bruising, it's packed with meaty black and briary fruit amply balanced by sweet, toasty cedar/Vanilla oak and firm, presently rather blocky tannins. Dense and deeply layered, with thick, concentrated and profoundly ripenec fruit, assertive oak and a robust, drying astringency. Bordering overcooked, it's actually finely balanced although it is years away from being ready to drink.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
Although softening on release, this is one of Australia's best wines for cellaring, fresh and completely balanced with a really long bridge of tannin down the palate and amazing fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Very well-made and balanced, especially for the vintage; full-bodied blackberry, dark chocolate and mocha, with quite spicy tannins on the finish. Formidable gold medal and trophy record.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Massively concentrated, this sumptuous and deeply layered wine is profoundly but elegantly crafted. Its minty aromas of blackberries, raspberries, cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla are backed by peppery notes of cloves and cinnamon. Lavishly coated with firm but pliant tannins, its long and seamless palate reveals layers of deep, dark flavours of plums, berries, mint and menthol before a lingering spicy finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006

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