Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wine finished in whisky barrels - Jacob's Creek Double Barrel

Double Barrel label with the new Jacob's Creek branding
1st of July 2014 has seen a product hit the market here in Aus that has pretty much flown under the whisky radar. Did someone forget that whisky drinkers actually do drink wine as well? When the mention of whisky barrel and wine was mentioned my ears pricked up. Enter the the Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel range.

Jacobs Creek, subsidiary to Pernod Ricard Australia, has release 2 wines, a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon finished in ‘aged’ whisky barrels. Aged will generally mean no much flavour. Asking around the local whisky social community virtually no one I know has heard of this. A bit of searching reveals many drinks channels got the pickup but never made it has not made it much further out. Does this reveal that these are sleepers just waiting to be discovered by the unsuspecting public, or creepers slipped in quietly because they just aren't ready yet?

The Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel range comprises of:
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Barossa Shiraz 2012
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

In short these whisky barrels are sourced from both Scotch and Irish distilleries obviously coming form the Penrod Ricard stables. That is a pretty wide range of distillers at that so no guessing which distilleries they are except maybe Jameson for the Irish. It is a real pity that they are not using Australian whisky barrels but then this is the first release so I hope a good deal of experimentation and support to our local whisky market is going to happen.

Some official words from the PR release we found:
JACOB’S CREEK™ pushes new boundaries with the launch of Double Barrel –
a range of premium red wines finished in whisk(e)y barrels. 
JACOB’S CREEK, the iconic Australian wine brand, is pushing the boundaries of modern winemaking with the launch of JACOB’S CREEK Double Barrel – a range of premium red wines finished in whisk(e)y barrels. 
Driven by a culture of wine innovation and a desire to craft a unique new wine style, the winemakers at JACOB’S CREEK sourced aged barrels that had cradled premium whiskies for up to 20 years, and started experimenting. 
“We started with high quality fruit from selected Barossa and Coonawarra vineyards, from which we crafted premium red wine. We then matured the parcels traditionally in French and American oak barrels, before finishing 100% of the matured wine in old whisk(e)y barrels.”
For the official PR release material these quotes were sourced from find it here.

OK so you get the idea of what is going on here. Is it hype or is it truly a revelation? Clearly not the first time this has been done but certainly the first time I have seen such a high profile wine maker take the chance here in Australia. Through a friend we managed to secure 1 bottle of the Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon from our local Dan Murphy’s priced at $23. Expect a review soon on our thoughts about this bottle.

The Baron

This is a non-sponsord promotion. For any further details please defer to the Jacob's Creek website.