Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Launch
Such an interesting innovation, one where I had the chance to witness their launch recently. Driven by a culture of innovation, the iconic Australian brand Jacob’s Creek launched its latest blend of unique reds – the Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel. Yes, you heard that right, win finished in aged whiskey barrels, two of it! It was a night of wonderful food, paired with Jacob's Creek, check out below on some lovely pictures I managed to capture that night.
|Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Launch|
Coming as a pair, the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon reds have been finished in aged whiskey barrels to add another layer of complexity and texture to traditionally barreled beverages. As part of their launch, the brand held an exclusive experiential food and wine pairing dinner themed “Jacob’s Creek Gourmet Picnic” at EGG - 8 Gourmets Gala in Bandar Sunway where media, social media influencers, and celebrities alike were invited to come together to celebrate this exciting new launch and be the first to try the new variety.
|Is it time yet?|
|Some sparkling wine to whet the appetite|
Brand Ambassador, Jenny Rothenberg was present at the launch guiding guests through an experiential food pairing session of the cuisine and Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel. We were introduced to an array of experiences, from food and wine pairings, to learning about scent notes from pieces of the actual Double Barrel at the picnic themed “nose station”.
|Double Barrel Whiskey Barrel Sample|
|Double Barrel Wine Barrel Sample|
“Each barrel performs differently, so it took time to understand the true effect on the drink, and achieve a result that was perfectly balanced,” explains Jenny Rothenberg, Brand Ambassador for Jacob’s Creek. “We started with high quality fruit from carefully selected vineyards, from which we crafted premium red wine. We then matured the parcels traditionally in French and American oak barrels, before finishing it in old whiskey barrels.”
Jacob’s Creek Gourmet Picnic
|Let the feasting begin! Starting with the White Truffle Pumpkin Potage|
|Pan Seared Foie Gras paired with Jacob's Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir|
Our food pairing session began soon after, with the Pan Seared Foie Gras and White Truffle Pumpkin Potage being served. The foei gras is paired with Jacob's Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, while the potage was an experience in itself. The potage was rich, thick and really creamy, with the addition of white truffle paste, it truly elevated the flavour.
|Smoked turkey drumstick|
Our entree consist of the smoked turkey drumstick with spicy sauce. These were paired with both Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz. It was a meaty affair, but it all went down really well with the exquisite wine.
|Pan Seared Wagyu Marbling Grade 9|
|Poached Lobster with Truffle Garlic Oil|
For mains, we had a choice of either the Poached Lobster with Truffle Garlic Oil or Pan Seared Wagyu Marbling Grade 9. No prizes for guessing which I went for and loved. The Pan Seared Wagyu Marbling Grade 9 is just perfection on a plate, perfectly cooked with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. The partner had Poached Lobster with Truffle Garlic Oil which was really good too. Both were paired with Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Premium Chocolate and French Macaron|
We ended our meal at EGG - 8 Gourmets Gala, Bandar Sunway with sweet desserts in the form of their Premium Chocolate and French Macaron. A good night all in, one to remember as the night I tried wine aged in whiskey barrels. For more information on Jacob's Creek, do check out their website at www.jacobscreek.com
The Double Barrel Shiraz has a full body and a generous palate which integrates a mix of sweet red fruits and dark chocolate. While subtle toasty vanilla flavours are derived from the aging process in traditional French and American oak wine barrels. Finally, the careful use of aged Scotch whisky barrels for finishing has added complex nuances of almond-husks and also softened the dense tannins to yield an incredible smoothness.
The Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon on the other hand offers a complex palate yet reveals itself with style. Traditionally assertive tannins are evident at first, before giving way to a mid palate filled with ripe cassis, olive tapenade and complex briary hints. Fine, dusty tannins give excellent line and length to the beverage, and are layered with sweet and toasty characters reminiscent of crýme brýlýe. The unique Double Barrel technique of finishing in aged Irish whiskey barrels has integrated the myriad of flavours and brought extra richness to the palate.