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Jeir Creek

Gooda Creek Rd, Murrambateman, 2582

Cellar Door: Thurs - Mon and pub hols (10 -5)

Ph: (02) 6227 5999

Jeir Creek winery
Granite outcrops at Jeir Creek (photo: genxywines)

Jeir Creek was established in 1984 by Rob Howell out of his love for drinking wine (rather than as a winemaker).

Ron had some early problems with maintaining consistency but now with more twenty years wine-making experience under his belt he is one of the region's veteran winemakers.

Jeir Creek has been making a substantial expansion in its range and is now equipped with a state of the art processing equipment. It is now is one of the most technical and reliable wineries in the region. Rob now makes is the contract-winemaker for a lot of the smaller wineries in the area.

Varieties grown include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Muscat and the Botrytis.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Jeir Creek Riesling 2014

Purchased:  Not ($25)

Drink: 2016 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, Equal Top Gold Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2014, floral and brightly lit lime, lemon barley and apple with cinnamon and white flower notes, tightly wound palate leads to the steely grapefruit acid finish, despite difficult Spring fruit set conditions the warm summer brought extra power and length compared to past vintages I have tried without compromising the focus (*****)

Jeir Creek Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, moderate intensity reflecting the wet vintage, floral lime and apple with a smattering of brown spices and citrus blossom nuances, quite good length with a backbone of chalky lemon acidity and quartzy minerality on the steely finish (****)

Jeir Creek Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, off-dry lime, passionfruit and red apple with brown spice notes, respectable length and depth, minerally with firm grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Jeir Creek Botrytis Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($25 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, late picked and barrel fermented in French oak, lush and spicy lime marmalade and dried apricot with hazelnut-vanilla aspects, well judged lemony acids give this some life (***1/2)

Jeir Creek Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, probably some small Viognier input, smooth, forward dark plums and red cherry with some dried herb, violet, pepper and liquorice notes, medium bodied with supple tannins (***1/2)

Jeir Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, fairly muted and minerally showing lychee, passionfruit and cut grass, soft citric acids with some spicy snow pea of the finish (***)

Jeir Creek Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, light bodied plum and cherry, earthy with a hint of dried herb but not enough palate weight and complexity, toasty French oak (***)

Jeir Creek Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, earthy and medium bodied plum and mulberry with a light dusting of pepper and violet, savoury back half with the US and French oak brings some spicy cedar-vanilla to the finish, fine open knit tannins (***)

Jeir Creek Shiraz 2001

Purchased: Yes

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, something from my cellar, light-medium bodied but clean expression of glazed red cherry and dark plum with pronounced earth and cinnamon notes, sour cherry acidity that has emerged with aeration shows there is still some life, the toasty oak has now been largely swallowed apart from some hints of caramelised chocolate and spicy vanilla (***1/2)

Jeir Creek Pinot Noir 2001

Purchased: BWS Kingston Shops, Canberra ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, raspberry and sour red cherry, smooth and light-medium bodied, earthy with a hint of dark chocolate, silky and now rounded tannins, not particularly complex or spicy but shows good balance (***1/2)

Jlabeleir Creek Botrytis Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Purchased: Statesman Hotel, Curtin, Canberra ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, medium bodied botrytis, rich sweet lime and apricot marmalade with a hint of lemon, well balanced acidity (***1/2)

(G) Tasting: Aug 2006, pale gold colour, well rounded toasty features, flavours evoked included lime, fig, apricot and honey (group range 3-4 stars) (average 3.5 stars)