Monday, December 7, 2009
Creek of the Week: Jacob's Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz 2005
Two words: Absolutely delicious.
This wine excited my palate on this dreary Monday afternoon to a point I did not foresee.
A deep, inky purple with a garnet room, the aroma of this wine is dominated by vanilla oak aromas with hints of black pepper spice and jammy plum. On the palate, this wine stays true to the nose with flavours of vanilla, black cherries and a hint of spice. Soft tannins are elegantly balanced by the generous acid of the wine with a lingering finish of black olive.
To be fair, I love Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Syrah in general is one of my favorite grapes and this regions is known for their characteristically deep, fruity flavours that I love so much.
The Centenary Hill Shiraz got it's named for the fig tree Fred Gramp, grandson of Johann Gramp, planted in 1947 in honor of the first 100 years of the Jacob's Creek Vineyard.
Jacob's Creek recommends decanting this wine as some sediment may be present in the bottle. It is also recommended that this wine be cellared for ten years. If it's this good now, imagine what is to come!