Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Nov 4, 2011 Jacob’s Creek St. Hugo 2007 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestJacob’s Creek St. Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Coonawarra, South Australia www.jacobscreek.com$48-52 available in select private liquor retailersI sat down to lunch this week with Bernard Hickin, Chief Winemaker for Jacob’s Creek. This successful and widely exported brand (50+ countries) is owned by Orlando Wines, part of the mega conglom Premium Wine Brands (formerly Pernod Ricard Pacific). Jacob’s Creek is Orlando’s main wine brand, and Hickin has been making wine for the company since 1976, when the Jacob’s Creek was officially launched. The roots of Orlando Wines stretch back far further than that however – founded by Bavarian immigrant Johann Gramp, the first vines were planted on the banks of Jacob’s Creek in 1847, and was the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa Valley.Jacob’s Creek is an Aussie powerhouse at home and abroad. And while the vast majority of its sales are in the Classic Range – varietally labeled, everyday value priced wines – Bernard was in Vancouver to discuss his premium bottlings, the Regional Reserve and Heritage series. St. Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon is in the latter tier, named for Johann Gramp’s grandson Hugo. It is from their highest quality selected old vines in the Coonawarra region, where the famed Terra Rossa soils are known to be one of the best suited for Cabernet Sauvignon. Dusty cassis, anise, eucalypt on the nose carries through to the palate, with very soft, cushy tannins, cedarwood spice and semidark chocolate. Ripe and soft in the mouth, this wine is friendly, easily accessible and drinking well now, making it obvious as to why it’s a huge seller in Australia. All of the wines are under screwcap, including their super premium reds. According to Bernard, it’s completely commonplace in Australia, and studies at the winery have shown that bottle maturity is occurring at a slower rate, preserving more of the fruity characters longer than a traditional cork closure. I would like to revisit this Coonawarra Cab Sauv in a few years time to see some more of the secondary characteristics emerge, though as I mentioned above, this is a widely appealing wine at its present time. Pair with herbed and minted lamb.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsJacob’s Creek St. Hugo 2007Dusty cassis, anise, eucalypt on the nose carries through to the palate, with soft, cushy tannins, cedarwood spice and semidark chocolate. Ripe and soft in the mouth, this wine is friendly, easily accessible and drinking well now, making it obvious as to why it’s a huge seller in Australia. Pair with herbed and minted lamb.Australiawine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.