Jacob's Creek St. Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
The wine displays the smooth texture and elegant structure typical of Coonawarra Cabernet, and is a stylish wine from a great vintage.
Color: Deep red with vibrant crimson hues.
Bouquet: Complex aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis, flawlessly integrated with charry, spiced oak. The fruit characters are rich and concentrated, and are highlighted by undertones of salty licorice.
Palate: Concentrated cassis, blackberry and mint flavors combined with spicy cedar oak and youthful, fine grained tannins. The richness and intensity of fruit flavor is perfectly balanced with fresh acidity, and the complexity of the French oak used enhances the dense varietal fruit characters.
Those who drink it now will be rewarded, however the 2003 St Hugo will age gracefully and become more powerful and complex for those who choose to carefully cellar it for 5 to 10 years.
Wine Enthusiast - "Consumers who associate the Jacob's Creek brand solely with inexpensive quaffing wines should take a look at some of the company's high-end offerings, such as the St. Hugo's Cabernet. The 2003 features plenty of body, a creamy, velvety texture and bright cherry fruit. Darker notes of cassis lend depth, embellished by hints of eucalyptus, tobacco and vanilla. Drink now–2015."
Wine & Spirits - "This has the dynamic, plummy freshness cabernet can achieve in Coonawarra's terra rossa soils. It feels cool, dark and elegant, fully ripe without overreaching. The long, spicy flavor will meld with chopped sirloin, grilled rare."
Jacob's Creek Winery
With over 150 years of making wine in the Barossa Valley, Jacob's Creek's winemaking philosophy is to make high quality wines in a contemporary Australian style, which are fresh, elegant, great tasting and show true varietal character. From its beginnings in 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant named Johann Gramp planted the Barossa Valley's first commercial vineyard on the banks of Jacob's Creek. His first vineyard was in a small ironstone winery and visitors can still walk the historic vineyard, inspect the original cellar and feel a true sense of place for Jacob's Creek. Today, Jacob's Creek is one of the leading forces of Australian wine, creating wines with true character with a variety of different offerings from its portfolio. View all Jacob's Creek Wines
About CoonawarraView a map of Coonawarra wineries
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the coveted place to plant Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon in this small region.
Notable FactsCabernet Sauvignon is actually the grape of choice here. There is a good amount of Shiraz planted as well, and blends of the two are popular, but Cabernet grown in the Terra Rossa shows a sense of place, and the wines are in high demand. The wine is elegant in structure, with prominent acidity and firm tannins, but full of ripe fruit flavors typical of Australia's style.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.