Jacob's Creek Riesling 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Colour: Pale green straw Bouquet: Seductive citrus blossom and zesty lime nuances Palate: Delicate floral lime and lemon citrus supported with a soft natural acid backbone that provides structure and a generous length of flavour.

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Jacob's Creek:
In 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant called Johann Gramp missed the wine he used to drink in his home land. Instead of changing his habits, he decided to start growing grapes and attempt to make the wine himself. It was a way of adapting to a new country, but still staying true to his character. What he didn’t know was that when he planted the Barossa Valley’s first commercia... Read more
In 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant called Johann Gramp missed the wine he used to drink in his home land. Instead of changing his habits, he decided to start growing grapes and attempt to make the wine himself. It was a way of adapting to a new country, but still staying true to his character. What he didn’t know was that when he planted the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard along the banks of Jacob’s Creek, he was also planting the seeds of one of the most popular wine brands in the world that would be named after the waterway.  Today,  Jacob's Creek remains one of the most well known, trusted and enjoyed Australian wines around the world. It delivers fresh, elegant and great tasting wines that show true varietal character.  The philosophy of Jacob's Creek is to offer a range of wines that suit all occasions.  As a company, we concentrate on two key things: The first is continuous improvement. Every vintage we strive to improve the quality of our wines by refining our winemaking practices and continually gaining a greater understanding of our vineyards. The second is that in everything we do, at every step of the winemaking process, from the vineyards all the way through to your glass, we all work with the final destination in mind. We do it for the most important wine critic. You. Read less

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External Review
Source: Jacob's Creek
05/31/2012

Vintage Conditions: The 2011 growing season was characterised by above average rainfall, while providing excellent soil moisture for sound phenological vine growth, extra vigilance was required by our viticulture team to manage the vineyards. Generally the growing season during October through to March was cooler and wetter than in recent vintages Apart from a warm to hot period at the end of January, milder day time conditions were experienced in the lead up to harvest. Cooler night conditions were beneficial for the preservation of the Riesling grapes natural acidity, and was ideal as harvesting took place by minimising potential phenolic extraction. This cool condition, along with attention to detail by our Viticulture and Winemaking teams has produced a very soft andattractive varietal wine balanced with a refreshing natural acidity. Winemaking: Regular block visits by our winemakers during ripening ensured the selection of quality fruit parcels for inclusion in the 2011 Jacob?s Creek Riesling. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night at optimum vineyard temperatures of less than 15§ Celsius and delivered to the winery. The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and then gently pressed to minimise the extraction of phenolics. Once clarified, the juice was fermented at cool temperatures using selected yeast strains to enhance the Riesling varietal characters. The resulting wines were assessed on the tasting bench by the winemaking team, where only the wines that met both the style and quality parameters expected for Jacobs Creek Classic Riesling were included into the final blend. Once blended the wine was stabilised, clarified and bottled under anaerobic conditions.


External Review
Source: Jacob's Creek
05/31/2012

Vintage Conditions: The winter prior to the 2011 vintage produced good rains across all grape growing regions in South East Australia. Soil moisture was maintained by higher than average rainfall throughout spring, which promoted healthy vine canopy development without the necessity for supplementary irrigation. Temperatures during summer were cool to mild but extensive rainfall became challenging for grape growers. The fruit was picked in the cool of the night to minimise phenolic pick up. The grapes were at ideal ripeness, varietal intensity and acid balance, which are reflected in this appealing and refreshing early drinking wine style. Winemaking: The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night and gently pressed, resulting in fresh soft clean juice. After clarification the juice was cool fermented using specially selected yeast strains to enhance the Muscat varietal fruit flavours. Immediately after fermentation a selection process was carried out by the winemaker to ensure that only parcels of the utmost quality and fruit complexity were used in the final blend. Anaerobic wine handling prior to and during packaging has ensured that the fresh fruit aromas and flavours of this attractive wine style are retained within the screw capped sealed bottle.


External Review
Source: Jacob's Creek
05/31/2012

Vintage Conditions: A very cool and wet winter preceded the 2011 growing season, with above average rainfall being observed throughout the whole Barossa region. Soil moisture profiles were at an optimum level which supported the early development of healthy vine physiology following budburst. Cool to mild conditions prevailed during spring which set the potential for high quality fruit from moderate grape yields. The start of 2011 saw generally mild to warm weather pattern with periods of rain which necessitated rigorous management protocols by the Viticulturalist?s to ensure the Riesling Grape quality was maintained at the highest possible level. The Riesling grapes were harvested during mid March and at slightly lower sugar levels than is typically normal, this was to ensure that the fresh and vibrant flavours were preserved in the resultant wine. The 2011 Jacob?s Creek Steingarten Riesling highlights characteristics of a cool vintage year, showing a very delicate citrus blossom, fresh apple and lemon aromatic intensity which are supported with a crisp mineral acidity which typify the varietal fruit profile of a classic cool climate Riesling. Winemaking: To ensure the grapes were harvested at optimum flavour and acid balance the ripening of the grapes was monitored with regular berry tasting by Winemakers in the vineyard. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night and rapidly transported to the winery. After crushing and must chilling, the free run juice was drained and clarified with minimum ski n contact. This juice was then cool fermented between 13 ? 15C with selected yeast to enhance the delicate Riesling flavours. The wine was bottled under strict anaerobic conditions and packaged with a screw cap closure to retain the pristine aromas and flavours. The 2011 Steingarten Riesling displays all the qualities of a classic cool climate aromatic white wine style.



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Colour: Pale green straw Bouquet: Seductive citrus blossom and zesty lime nuances Palate: Delicate floral lime and lemon citrus supported with a soft natural acid backbone that provides structure and a generous length of flavour.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 11.4%

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