Vintage 2013 kicks off for Jacob’s Creek
MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 15th January
Barossa Valley, South Australia
2013 kicks off for Jacob’s Creek
Winemakers predict high quality wines, despite recent hot conditions
Iconic Australian wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, has this week commenced vintage 2013 – with crushing of the season’s first fruit beginning at its Rowland Flat winery in the Barossa Valley.
While the warm Australian summer has put winemakers on alert, careful irrigation and dry spring weather resulting in minimal disease pressure, has many winemakers predicting a high quality 2013 vintage.
The first grapes which will be harvested are Chardonnay from Mildura and Riverland, and will be used for Jacob’s Creek’s range of sparkling wines. White table wines will follow in the coming weeks with vintage expected to conclude in approximately three months.
Bernard Hickin, Jacob’s Creek’s Chief Winemaker commented; “So far, everything is indicating a high quality vintage in 2013. While it’s early days and the real hard work is still ahead of us, I believe we’ll see some great wines from this year across a number of varietals and regions.
“Like many Australians, our winemakers have been paying keen attention to this summer’s high temperatures. Management of irrigation has been a particularly critical part of this year’s pre-vintage preparation and we’ve been in constant communication with our viticulturists and growers to ensure we’re able to harvest the healthy, high quality fruit.
“While recent weather has presented challenges, a very dry spring and a dryer than average winter has resulted in very healthy fruit on the vines. I believe this will make wines from 2013 show tremendous concentration of flavours and silky textures.”
About Jacob’s Creek: Jacob’s Creek is one of Australia’s leading wine brands, offering quality contemporary Australian wine styles with great varietal expression. The brand was first launched in 1976 and is named after a creek that runs through the renowned Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia. Jacob’s Creek is made by Orlando Wines which was founded by Johann Gramp after he planted his first vines on the banks of Jacob’s Creek in 1847 and thus began a tradition of winemaking over 160 years ago.