By Kori ~ February 4th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2006 Jacobâ€™s Creek Reserve Shiraz from South Australia.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
When we visited the Barossa Valley of Australia in 2005, one of our stops was at the beautiful, modern Jacobâ€™s Creek Wine Tasting Centre, located fittingly on the banks of Jacobâ€™s Creek, close to the site of the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa, planted in the mid 1800â€™s.Â Today, Jacobâ€™s Creek is one of the worldâ€™s most popular wine brands and part of the Orlando Wines family.
We have tasted a number of the vintages of Jacobâ€™s Creek Reserve Shiraz, and it has been a consistently good wine with an excellent QPR. While the suggested retail price is $14, Iâ€™ve often found it for $10 or less.
â€œThe 2006 Jacobâ€™s Creek Reserve Shiraz is a full bodied wine displaying rich fruit flavours of dark berries and plums and velvety tannins. Lovely acid balance and integration of flavours result in a supple and engaging wine with a lingering finish of spice, chocolate and mocha. A true expression of Australian Shiraz, to be enjoyed now or which with careful cellaring will develop gracefully over the next ten years.â€ â€“Jacobâ€™s Creek
2006 Jacobâ€™s Creek Reserve Shiraz (South Australia, Australia): Deep, dark red in color. Black fruits and black pepper on the nose, along with a hint of Ben-Gay. More black fruits, particularly black plums, black pepper and spice come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied and lively with medium to high tannins and a long finish. Well-balanced.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $14; Available elsewhere, $8 to 15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Australian Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25