I love how social media celebrates wine days and today is a biggie, it’s Cabernet Day! Being a wine lover, any excuse to focus on drinking wine is a good excuse. Not that I actually really need one but a day like Cabernet Day is as good an excuse as it gets. Other equally good excuses include birthdays, anniversaries, Wine Wednesday, friends over, getting home from work, needing to make room for more wine, just because.
The first tweet came through a few days ago giving notice that wine lovers should be preparing for this special day. This was the initial call to arms… “time to start thinking wine lovers”. The justifiable hype built up over a few days until the flood came through over the last 24 hours. It’s a day not to be missed!
So how did I prepare? With great effort of course. It went something like this… “I’m home from work, should I have a wine?”… “Damn, that’s right, it’s Cabernet Day, that’s good enough for me!” We’ve had some miserable weather here in Sydney so I couldn’t be stuffed heading outside and under the house to dig out some dusties to celebrate. So I had to go with whatever Cabernet was sitting in easy reach on my little inside wine rack. I know, definitely an E for effort.
But what a good move that turned out to be! I grabbed one of the 2012 Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon. I’ve had one of these before and really liked it. It’s an interesting wine that has been finished in Irish whiskey barrels.
What does that mean you ask?
Well quite often whiskey is actually fermented in old wine barrels and it’s rarely ever done the other way around.
Does it make a difference?
Well the first time we had this wine I didn’t tell my wife about the process and as soon as she smelled the wine she said “It smells a bit like whiskey”.
To be honest, there was definitely an earthy dry type aroma but the connection was not that clear to me. Still very interesting that she noticed.
So how was the wine this time around?
I really like this wine and even more so this time. For the price, of about $20 or so, it’s actually a value for money example of Coonawarra Cabernet. There’s quite a lot of depth of fruit flavour backed up by some serious earthiness and savouriness, and even a bit of mint and spice, that makes the wine rather complex for the price point. It’s just an enjoyable all round Cabernet and it’s a bonus that it displays a bit of the regionality of Coonawarra.
I asked my wife if she noticed the whiskey on the nose this time and she said no, but she did get an earthiness that may have come from the barrels. Strange that now she knew the process of the wine she no longer noticed a scent of whiskey. After two of these wines (and one of the Shiraz, a lovely wine finished in Scotch whiskey barrels) I’ve come to the conclusion that there is definitely some interesting and inviting complexity in the wine but how much of that is attributed to the whiskey barrels I’m not sure. But for Cabernet Day, I sort of don’t care – it’s been a lovely wine!