I’ve never been to Australia, but now I have another reason why I’d like to visit: Australian wine.
Last week I met with Bernard Hickin, Chief Winemaker for Jacob’s Creek, one of the most well-known wineries in the Barossa Valley of South Australia.
Jacob’s Creek recently launched a new line of Reserve wines from three key wine regions in Australia: Barossa, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills. Each new wine is said to reflect the distinct personality of each region through the chosen grape variety.
The philosophy of Jacob’s Creek is to offer a range of wines that suit all occasions, which they certainly do, but the wine I want to talk about today is one that embodies their philosophy on its own: Jacob’s Creek Reserve Pinot Noir.
Now, we all know that I’m not the most enthusiastic red wine drinker.
There are some that I enjoy, like Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, which you can buy at Walgreens, but for the most part, if I’m ordering wine in a restaurant or picking something to pair with a meal, I tend to favor whites.
Yet, the Jacob’s Creek Reserve Pinot Noir is something I could drink every day.
Well. You know. If I drank wine every day.
It’s a medium-bodied wine that has the aroma of ripe, red fruits: sweet cherry, strawberry and rhubarb. It’s sweetness is balanced by mild oak tannins, leading to a lingering and well-structured finish. It’s a very smooth wine, even for a Pinot Noir, and pairs wonderfully with dinner as well as dessert.
Why should you drink this wine? If you don’t know what you feel like drinking. This has the perfect balance of fruit and tannins so if you can’t decide whether you’re in the mood for something light and sweet or full-bodied and bold, this is a great middle ground that will pair with just about anything you’re eating.
How should you drink this wine? Room temperature or slightly cooler.
How long should I age this wine? Don’t be fooled into thinking that all wines get finer with age. Gnarly Head wines are crafted in a “drink now” style so they won’t get noticeably better over time. Drink within three years of the date on the bottle.
Food Pairings: Though Hickin recommends serving this alongside a roast duck or mushroom ragu sauce over polenta, I think this would pair beautifully with a sun dried tomato risotto or stuffed turkey or chicken breast.