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Jacob's Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • JH93
  • WS91
14% ABV
  • WE91
  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

Intense ruby red, violet hues.

Subtle notes of chocolate, cigar box, and black pepper are layered with concentrated plum, black cherry and fruit cake.

Palate: Soft and full-bodied, the wine shows rich dark fruit and berry flavors that contribute to a juicy mid-palate. Black pepper, dried herb and spice flavours evolve with time in the glass. The luscious fruit textures are supported by fine tannins and well integrated charry mocha oak characters. A well structured, balanced and truly complex wine with a persistent sweet berry finish.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 93
Australian Wine Companion
Has retained good colour, still with crimson notes; is a refined, elegant wine with all its components in balance; impossible to criticise technically, but it doesn't have a distinct personality.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Dark and dense, with a smoky, woody edge to the black cherry, licorice and bay leaf flavors, persisting against polished tannins on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases imported.
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Jacob's Creek

Jacob's Creek

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Jacob's Creek, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
2006 Centenary Hill Shiraz
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 aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

SWS309045_2006 Item# 111009

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