By Kori ~ February 4th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2006 Jacob’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 Jacob’s Creek Wine Tasting Centre, located fittingly on the banks of Jacob’s Creek, close to the site of the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa, planted in the mid 1800’s. Today, Jacob’s Creek is one of the world’s most popular wine brands and part of the Orlando Wines family.
We have tasted a number of the vintages of Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz, and it has been a consistently good wine with an excellent QPR. While the suggested retail price is $14, I’ve often found it for $10 or less.
“The 2006 Jacob’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.” –Jacob’s Creek
2006 Jacob’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