Prosecco is a sparkling white wine produced using the Charmat method (secondary fermentation in pressurized stainless steel tanks) and generally from north-eastern Italy: the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine regions to be precise.
It is also the informal name for the grape variety used to make these wines, which is officially known as Glera.
But Prosecco can also be used to describe Australian sparkling wines providing they are made from the Prosecco (Glera) grape variety.
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Prosecco is made from 100% Prosecco grapes sourced from vineyards and growers selected across South Eastern Australia.
Fruit is harvested at night when temperatures are lower to achieve higher natural acidity levels and freshness of flavors. Minimal skin contact and gentle pressing ensure the juice receives the natural aromatic qualities of the grapes. The juice goes through a cool primary fermentation to capture flavours, before secondary fermentation adds subtle complexity and mousse. Jacob’s Creek Reserve Prosecco uses the Charmat method of secondary fermentation, which results in a fresh, fruit-forward, traditional Italian style of Prosecco.
So how good is this Aussie Prosecco ?
The answer lies with our tasting notes:
A refreshing fruit-driven and very floral light sparkling wine showcasing plenty of delicate white flower aromas, peep-fruit (pear, apple) and citrus flavors. Tropical fruits character makes it rather exuberant aromatically on the palate. Subtle bubbles. Mid-to-light body. Off-dry: sweetness is clearly perceptible but not overpowering.
A simple enjoyable and well executed drink for cheering joyfully at an aperitivo.
Serve cold and match with salty appetizers like prosciutto, Greek black olives, parmigiano-like cheeses (parmesan), or anchovies for example.
The back-label description/information is actually fairly representative of the wine, or at least the producer/marketer’s intentions behind it: “The Jacob’s Creek Reserve Prosecco is a delicate fruit-driven wine displaying lovely pear blossom and citrus flavours with a soft, fresh and slightly sweeter finish. The grapes are generally harvested early to achieve high levels of natural acidity and fresh crisp flavours displaying classic hallmarks of the Prosecco style.”