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Wine Profile – Jacob's Creek Three Vines Range  


The latest range from Australian winery Jacob's Creek to be introduced to the Hong Kong market is the Three Vines Range. As the name suggests each of the three wines combines three grape varietals – two classic wellknown varieties in Australia and one European varietal. The blending adding dimension and complexity.

The grapes are sourced from regions that the winemakers feel expresses the most indicative characters of each varietal. Representing modern Australian winemaking, the wines are fruit driven, and can be enjoyed on their own or with a variety of food.

2007 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Viognier

Jacob's Creek White

The Varietals

The Semillon is from vineyards from both warm and cool regions. These areas deliver a classic “lemon butter” character to the finished wine, with accents of citrus. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from selected cool climate vineyards throughout South Eastern Australia, and gives the wine hints of tropical fruit, citrus and some grassy notes. Viognier is well suited to the warmer regions, particularly within the Murray-Darling basin, where it shows apricot and marmalade fruit characters.

The 2007 vintage was of high quality across South East Australia. Ongoing dry   conditions ensured the fruit that arrived at the winery was in pristine condition, showcasing classic varietal character. The 2006 and 2007 vintages were both award winners.

Tasting Notes

Crisp, medium body with subtle lemon and passion fruit. Lemon and tropical fruit aroma with subtle hints of apricot and grapefruit.

Lively fruit profile, balanced, with acidity on the finish.

Food Pairing

The wine works well with salads, seafood and chicken dishes. On the Three Vines website www.threevines.com are three recipes for dishes designed to pair with the wine: Sesame Crusted Tuna with Soy, Ginger and Chilli Dippng Sauce; Thai Grilled Prawns and Mango; and Grilled Chicken Breast with Salsa Verde and Roasted Organic Potatoes with Sea Salt and Preserved Lemon.

2007 Shiraz Grenache Sangiovese

Jacob's Creek Rose

Varietal Notes
The Shiraz and Grenache come from various regions across South Eastern Australia. A combination of selected vineyards from warm and cool regions gives the Shiraz layers of flavour, with spice from the cooler regions and lovely plummy notes from the warmer area fruit. Grenache thrives in warmer regions showing its true varietal character with spicy notes, and flavours reminiscent of raspberries and boiled sweets. It is no surprise that Grenache has become one of the most popular varieties in Australia to include in a Rose-style blend. Sangiovese adds food-friendly savoury notes of red cherry and currants to the blend, with a touch of dry tannin to finish.

Jacob's Creek

Tasting Notes

The wine is a contemporary, dry Rose style. A light and breezy medium-bodied wine that combines soft ripe plum with raspberry and spice.

It has a fresh berry fruits and dried herbs aroma. On the palate it is soft, berry-driven combining raspberry, cherry and pepper, with soft acidity, and finishing with a savoury herb edge from the Sangiovese.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs with a wide variety of foods due to both its sweet berry notes and savoury herb notes. Suggested recipes on the website are Chicken Breast with Spicy Couscous, Carrot and Mint Salad and Pomegranate Dressing; Red Snapper Fillets with Citrus, Fennel and Caper Salad with Toasted Almond Aioli; and Penne with Chirizo, Tomato, Broad Beans and Oregano.

2007 Shiraz Cabernet Tempranillo

Jacob's Creek Red

Growing Notes
An extremely dry winter preceded the 2007 growing season. This was then followed by dry conditions through spring and into early summer. Crop levels were well down on average for all red varieties, while vine vigour was retained. A hot February combined with the small crops brought the vintage forward by several weeks compared with the norm. Low disease pressure was a feature. The hot, dry conditions and early ripening required fastidious attention to soil moisture levels, and some supplementary irrigation. Cool nights featured in most districts however, ensuring the retention of fresh flavours.

Also an award-winning wine.

Tasting Notes

A vibrant, fresh, fuller-bodied wine. The Shiraz gives the wine a ripe plummy richness, the Cabernet blackcurrant and complementary structure and length, and the Tempranillo layers of rich chocolate, blueberry and earthy spice. The wine has a satisfying dry finish.

It has a mulberry, licorice and earthy spice aroma, complemented with plum and blackberry. On the palate the wine is ripe, soft with rounded silky tannins.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with hearty, flavourful meat dishes. Recipes on the website are Lamb Rack with Rustic Vegetable Ratatouille, Rib Eye Steak with Black Olive Butter, and Chicken Braised in Red Wine, Mushrooms and Smoked Paprika.

Jacob's Creek Three Vines

Where to Enjoy
The wines were launched in Hong Kong this month and are currently only available at The Royal Garden Hotel. The wines are available at all F&B outlets within the hotel and are priced at $76 per glass or $380 per bottle.

There are plans to stock the wines at other locations later in the year.

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September 2008

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