Jacob's Creek Grenache Shiraz 2009
Colour: Vibrant crimson. Bouquet: The nose shows layers of plum and red cherry aromas, with blueberry, blackcurrant and savoury red fruits. Palate: Medium bodied, softly textured and with great fruit intensity. The complementary richness of selected ripe Shiraz and the refinement of more elegant Grenache parcels provide an intense fresh raspberry and cherry flavour up front which covers the length of the palate; this feature combines with a more contemporary, savoury edge attributable largely to the intriguing flavour and structure provided by Tempranillo.
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Vintage Conditions: The growing season leading up to the 2009 harvest followed a similar pattern to previous years, with relatively low rainfall throughout winter and spring. Conditions throughout South-Eastern Australia were typical of our Mediterranean style climate, with very hot temperatures during late January and early February followed by much milder weather throughout the remainder of the vintage, allowing for disease free ripening and the development of bright, attractive fruit flavours, strong colours and soft, ripe tannins. Winemaking: Winemakers regularly assessed vineyards in the lead up to harvest to ensure the grapes were harvested at their ideal flavour development. Fresh, vibrant, ripe flavours without any overripe characters were sought for the parcels of Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo reserved for inclusion in the blend. Parcels were crushed separately to preserve their varietal and regional typicity. Winemaking techniques were essentially traditional and ?non-interventionist?, with an emphasis placed on vibrancy and fruit intensity without excessive tannin harshness or over extraction, for those parcels which had been considered all the way back to the preharvest stage as potential inclusions in the blend. A percentage of the base wine components were matured in older, well-seasoned barrels. Once again the aim was to preserve a fruit-driven style; hence the oak was employed to provide a degree of weight and complexity to the palate rather than imparting an obvious oak character. The individual base wine parcels were reviewed immediately prior to the assembly of the actual final blend. Shiraz provides palate richness and soft sweet tannins while Grenache provides spicy raspberry flavours and a smooth, silky texture to the blend. Tempranillo adds additional layers of savoury flavour complexity and well-rounded tannins.