Sunday, February 6, 2011


- South Eastern Australia
- $7-$15
- Cork
- 11.5%alc

Although I've now converted to Jacob's Creek's Blanc de Blancs, I still hold a high level of respect for their standard NV as one of Australia's more palpable house fizzers. For a relatively small increase in price, Jacob's Creek's vintage dated reserve release, which is now sourced exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, makes for pretty smart drinking as well.

Scents of lemon/grapefruit and white flower announce the Jacob's Creek's nose, with a lifted thread of dry biscuit aromas adding much needed interest to what is otherwise a straight forward, yet inoffensive fragrance. Tidy effervescence as well as a moderately zippy thrust of flavour run through the palate, which houses a relatively simple concoction of tangy, lemony dry biscuit flavour. A bitter-edged aspect, not too unlike grapefruit, rears its head at the end, providing both lasting impression and a pleasing point of punctuation. It's simplicity personified, in an all too perfect and manufactured sense.

ü Sure, it probably lacks the freshness and zing of the Blanc de Blancs, but there's still nothing wrong with Jacob's Creek's standard NV for under $10. Drink now.
87 points

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