Big brands producing a reserve

Jacobs Creek Barossa Shiraz
Jacobs Creek Barossa Shiraz

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I’m not keen on big brand wines. There are exceptions, but in the main they border on the dull.

Yet there are now several brands that are starting to produce a reserve level. Having tasted some of the Jacob’s Creek Reserve range I’m impressed.

Unlike the standard range, all of the Jacob’s Creek Reserve wines are produced from specific regions in South Australia, allowing the grape varieties to show regional characteristics.

Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2009, Adelaide Hills (Tesco £9.99, on offer at £6.99 until May 17) is very much new-style, cooler climate Australian Chardonnay. The wine shows citrus and peach style with crisp acidity and a creamy finish.

Top tipple

Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley

A perfect summer wine, full-bodied with well-balanced oak and shows lovely rich, dark fruits with hints of chocolate and a long, almost savoury finish

Tesco £9.99, on offer at £6.99 until May 17