Friday night I had the pleasure of having seven of my girlfriends over for a Wine & Fondue night and to review a still and sparkling Moscato from Jacob's Creek Vineyard. We made cheddar cheese and milk chocolate fondue and the wines went perfectly with the meal.
Jacob's Creek Vineyard began in 1847 when a young Bavarian immigrant decided to try his hand at making his own wine like the kind he was used to back home. Little did he know that when he planted the Barossa Valley's first commercial vineyard along the Jacob's Creek, that it would later turn into one of the most popular wine brands in the world. Today, Jacob's Creek Wine remains one of the most well know Australian Wines around the world, and is known for its fresh, elegant taste and character.
The philosophy of Jacob's Creek is to offer a range of wines that suit all occasions. As a company, we concentrate on two key things: The first is continuous improvement. Every vintage we strive to improve the quality of our wines by refining our winemaking practices and continually gaining a greater understanding of our vineyards.
We started with the Sparking Rose (we called it "Pink") Moscato while our cheese fondue was heating up. The Sparkling Rose Moscato "is a deliciously refreshing wine with hints of luscious berry fruit flavours and a light, fresh taste. Simply chill and enjoy it with friends." And we did! With a "champagne" like cork top we kicked the night off with a BANG - literally. It felt like a celebration to "pop the cork" and so we turned it into one - with a cheers to good friends and good fun!
When we started the chocolate fondue we switched to the Classic "still" Moscato. This Moscato "displays attractive tropical and subtle pear fruit flavours and aromas, with a great balance" and though the Jacob's Creek Website recommends it with spicy seafood or Asian cuisine, I am here to tell you the eight of us say it goes great with milk chocolate fondue.
The Jacob's Creek Moscato was not quite as sweet as several of the others I have tried, which was actually a very good thing especially when we got to the chocolate fondue. It still had a light, fresh sweetness to it - not dry like a Chardonnay - but not overpowering to make it too sweet with dessert.
It was a perfect night in with friend made even more perfect with two great Moscato wines.
Thanks to my amazing friends for helping me review this wine! We must do it again very soon!