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Jacob's Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • WE91
  • WS90
14.4% ABV
  • JH93
  • WS91
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14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Vibrant, deep ruby red in color. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberries and plums accompanied by distinctive eucalyptus, clove and spicy black pepper, supported by integrated charry vanilla oak. Full-bodied, with ripe plum and dark berry flavours providing richly focused fruit sweetness on the mid palate. More savoury nuances of black olives and dried herbs evolve with time in the glass. The luscious fruit textures are supported by well integrated and balanced oak tannins. A soundly structured wine, well balanced with a long, persistent finish.

Pairs well with casseroles of game, beef or veal.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
The qualitative equal of the excellent 2002, the 2005 Centenary Hill is a big, rich wine that shows just a bit of warmth to its ripe black cherry flavors. Pepper and spice notes add interest, while the soft, dusty-textured tannins give this wine an easy approachability not seen in older vintages. Drink now–2018.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Dark and juicy, with a metallic edge to the rhubarb and spice flavors, turning toward plum and soy sauce on the long, expressive finish.
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Jacob's Creek

Jacob's Creek

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Jacob's Creek, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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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.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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