The Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Merlot Vintage 2011 was a pleasant surprise after experiencing their Shiraz Cab last week. The video provides a little information about the grapes and design of this wine and while it is discusses a previous vintage I found little to disagree with, as a red wine blend at a budget price this wine works.
Ruby color in the glass the nose is a very fruitful mix of plum and black cherry. That fruity nature carries into a flavor profile that while not as lively as the aroma is a nice mix of berry, currant and brown spice, along with a hint green herbs in the end. The grape blend is heavy in Cabernet Sauvignon, 74% to go with 26% Merlot and the two work well together with interesting flavors overlaying a solid foundation from the Cabernet. The middle is a bit weak, but not enough to be annoying or uneven in the drinking, yet a touch of Malbec would really complete the blend and put it up the ladder another rung. Medium weight in the mouth there is a really nice velvety texture with a softened tannic structure in a finish that lingers a little on the tongue. Very drinkable and pleasing on its own, the Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Merlot Vintage 2011 would also match an assortment of meal plans, including the traditional holiday red meat fare, our grilled pork loin with potato and beans paired very well.
Like the rest of the budget priced Jacob’s Creek lineup you should have no trouble locating the Cab Merlot wherever you buy your wine. Expect to pay in the $5 to $7 range and like the Shiraz Cab look for it on sale at the lower end of that range. Good fruity character with enough tannin to work with food, but not enough to be jarring the Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Merlot Vintage 2011 would be a good choice for the holiday table or any other time for that matter.