Maker: Buckeley’s Wines Pty Ltd, Sandalwood Drive, Woodside, South Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot Blend
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
After tasting Jackaroo Big Red, we had to give Jackaroo Shiraz 2003 a try. We found the Shiraz to be a bit more interesting than Big Red. The aroma of Jackaroo Shiraz bursts from the glass – this wine has one of the more powerful noses we’ve seen in an inexpensive red. We found cherry, raspberry, clove, oak, and vanilla notes. The flavor led with strong berry flavors with mocha in the background, leading into a slightly peppery, oaky, tannic finish. This Shiraz will hold its own with spicy foods and well-charcoaled beef.
Jackaroo is a brand of the Click Wine Group. While this sounds like some dot-com startup, it’s actually named for a real person: Peter Click. Some background from the web site:
Peter Click founded Click Wine Group in 1987, as a way to introduce American consumers to high quality, boutique Australian wines. His incredible enthusiasm and knowledge of wine, has enabled him to establish one of the most widely revered portfolios of internationally acclaimed wine brands in the United States…
Today his portfolio consists of more than 50 wines from 15 producers. All of the wines are hand selected by Peter and only those that exhibit finesse, elegance, structure, character, great complexity and balance are chosen to be included in the Click Wine Group portfolio.
Jackaroo is the only Click brand we’ve tasted to date (as far as we know), and for a wine that costs well under $10 we have to agree with Peter Click’s palate and wine savvy.