Friday, March 9, 2018

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling

It was an unusual move, to say the least, to put the highly acclaimed single vineyard Steingarten Riesling under the Jacob's Creek brand, the best known Australian wine brand. This brand was so popular that UK consumers when asked about the most famous Australian wine region answered by majority "Jacob's Creek". Did this move change the positioning of the high volume, low price point Jacob's Creek brand? No, it did not. Did it hurt the Steingarten Riesling? People became skeptical, but the wine kept being made in the same way. And look at the label. Jacob's Creek is not easy to see next to the image.

The 2015 Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling has a light green colour. This is a lean wine, but with strong lime flavours. It is very precise with gripping acidity, yet matched by the concentration of the fruit. This wine is intense and full of energy: sinewy, not big and fat. The wine is very dry and has a piercing finish - a prime example of Australian Riesling. I love it.

Score: 95/+++ 

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