Jacob’s Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz 1998 (review)

84+ points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14%

For a wine that is now eight years old (good to see a big winery releasing wine with some age) it reeks of oak. It’s a dark young looking wine, though dropping a crust due to added acidity. Will the oak ever be in balance ? I suspect it will be less obvious in a couple of years.

For now it is a syrupy, one dimensional wine tarted up with too much oak. It’s a pity, when I think the aim is to release an impressive wine with decent amount of age – surely this gap in the market exists.


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