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Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz

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Hailing from the home of shiraz, the Barossa Valley, comes this smooth and sumptuous offering from the masters of value Jacobs Creek. Aromas of fleshy plums and blackberries jump out of the glass, along with sniffs of toastiness and pepper spice. The palate is medium to fuller-bodied and lush, with juicy dark fruit flavours, a generous lick of coconut oak, fine tannins, and a juicy, smooth finish. A bargain!

Winemaker's Notes

A full bodied wine with big spicy black fruits taste and subtle oak flavours with a silky finish. Bright blackberry and clove aromas, hints of allspice and vanilla caramel oak. An ideal accompaniment to braised lamb shanks, eye-fillet of beef or hard cheeses.

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Finely balanced, elegant and gentle, this soft-edged and approachable shiraz has a spicy bouquet of small black and red berries and dark plums knit with fresh chocolate/mocha/vanilla oak. It's sumptuous and smooth, with a supple spine of fine tannins, finishing with genuine length of vibrant fruit and freshness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Stylish and generous, ripe and minty, this smooth and approachable shiraz marries a deep expression of blackberry, cassis and dark plum fruit with fresh chocolate/vanilla oak. Backed by musky spices, it's smooth and brightly lit, long and approachable, finishing with a fresh mintiness.
The Australian Wine Annual
90
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Delivers a more savoury take on the national grape with meat stock and gravy aromas to the blackberry and plum we usually find. Not jammy or sweet but loaded with soft tannins and flavour. Will appeal to all good pie eaters! Since 07 this has been a Barossa wine. The 08 hits the mark for contemporary quality for the price.
2013
Rob Geddes MW
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright, clear purple-red; a very well crafted, elegant red; I only wish it could be presented every time UK wine scribes start putting the dagger into Australian wines made by the big companies; this is not alcoholic, not oaky and not sweet.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
They don't make this as oak-driven as they once did, meaning that it tastes more of dark grapes than of oak. Reckon they have things exactly right here. It's not super-concentrated or super-impressive or anything like that, but it's gorgeously drinkable and soft and fruit-driven - all the things most red drinkers want in the wine. Plums, spice, cherries and toast. Succulent and fleshy. Don't expect a big red, but do expect a beautifully drinkable one.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Solid dark-berried shiraz; clean and soft, with lots of flavour, and no winemaking excess to get in the way.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Spicy, earthy aromas of dark plums, red cherries, chocolate/vanilla oak and undertones of clove, nutmeg and cassis, precede an elegant, juicy palate. Long and creamy with briary flavours of blackberries and plums, seamlessly knit with mocha oak and a grainy, loose-knit spine of polished tannin, it finishes quite savoury, with nuances of mint, menthol and a persistent sour-edged fruitiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
When Jacob's Creek first launched a 'reserve' range of reds there was some scepticism. Now it's established as a wine always worth checking out. 2005 RELEASE If it's sheer concentration you're after then this isn't the go; if you want power with finesse, softness with balance, and satisfying flavour with only moderate oak input -then this is impossible to pass by. I was staggered when I first tasted it. It's a more successful wine than many at twice the price. Plums, blackberries, perfect acidity, moderate tannins and a long, clean, fruity finish. Commercial winemaking at it best. DRINK 2008-2013
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Plenty of black fruits enhanced by good tannins and controlled oak; length a feature.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Harmonious integration and balance of oak, tannins and an array of black fruit flavours; medium-bodied and supple.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Sumptuously ripened, dark and tarry, this smooth and richly fruited shiraz reflects the warmth of its vintage without being overcooked. Its vibrant and lightly smoky aromas of raspberries, cherries, plums and fresh mocha/vanilla oak reveal slightly confectionary undertones of raisins and currants. Firm and powerfully flavoured, its thick treacle-like palate of juicy fruit finishes with length and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant but intense; spicy, tangy black fruits; lingering tannins, quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A velvet-smooth and finely balanced shiraz tightly knit with quality oak and tannin. Its vibrant, if slightly jammy aromas of cassis, raspberries and blood plums are backed by fragrant vanilla oak and undertones of mint and violet. Smoky mocha oak complements the palate's intense blackberry and plum-like fruit, while an underlying spine of fine tannin completes a finely shaped and presented wine.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93

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