Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia.
SRP of $13 and available for as low as $7. Sample received courtesy Pernod Ricard for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“For this wine we reserved selected parcels of grapes grown in the Coonawarra region in South Australia. The Coonawarra is famed for its rich red ‘Terra Rosa’ soil that gives Cabernet Sauvignon grown in this region much of its unique characteristics.
2009 Jacob Creek’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits typical regional characteristics of mint and blackberry aromas with generous ripe cassis flavors and a hint of black olive. The fresh fruit characters are supported by subtle integration of oak, leading to a rich, smooth finish.
Excellent drinking now and will continue to improve over the next ten years.
We’ve reviewed several other Jacob’s Creek wines here at The Reverse Wine Snob and have always been impressed with the quality for the low price. These have included the 2008 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Barossa Shiraz (An Aussie Through and Through) and the 2009 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Pinot Noir (Bona Fide). And we have even more reviews of Jacob’s Creek wines on the way including today when we turn to everybody’s favorite grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. So just what does $7 get you?
The 2009 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon begins with aromas of red and black berries, vanilla, a good does of mint, and a little bit of oak. Quite nice. Tasting the wine initially reveals lots of tart berry, but that subsides as it gets some air. This is a medium-bodied, fruit forward wine that is very smooth. The primary flavors are sweet and slightly tart blackberry plus a little licorice. It ends with a very nice medium-long finish with more sweet blackberry. It may not blow your socks off but this is a very solid wine at a great price!