I was honored and thrilled to try two new entries, Jacob’s Creek (Australia) Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon ( 2nd Vintage) from Coonawarra and Double Barrel Shiraz (2nd Vintage) from Barossa Valley. The Double Barrel Shiraz spends three months in Scotch Whiskey barrels and the Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon spends three months in Irish Whisky casks.
30,000 cases have been produced and worldwide distribution begins in September. Chief winemaker, Ben Bryant, in a recent interview with wine bloggers, thanks to the link-up through Snooth (www.snooth.com ) , expressed an interest of ramping the Double Barrel line to many more cases, once the wine has caught the attention of consumers.
Both wines are expressive, full-flavor and Burgundian in flavor. Importer, Perod Ricard USA plans a roll-out of the product in September, as was mentioned earlier.
The palate of several wine merchants and wine bloggers believes these wines will be a big hit and will compete favorably in the $20-$25 range.
I look forward to the September release.