Jacob’s Creek is to release its first biodynamic wine through its visitor centre in the Barossa Valley. Currently in barrel, the wine is made using Shiraz from the 2012 vintage from a biodynamic vineyard in the McLaren Vale, and will be sold at the company’s cellar door operation next year. According to chief winemaker Bernard Hickin, the wine will be packaged in a unique manner and, he said, “won’t look like any other Jacob’s Creek product.” The upcoming release is part of several winemaking projects by Jacob’s Creek’s parent company, Orlando Wines, which in turn is owned by Pernod Ricard. Among these is an organic Montepulciano from the 2011 vintage as well as an organic Chardonnay from this year’s vintage, using fruit from the Riverland. “There was a lot of bad organic wine around but that has changed, and now there are producers making very good wine,” said Hicken, adding that the Jacob’s Creek organic Chardonnay has already attracted “strong interest” from the Nordic countries. Beyond organic and biodynamic launches, the company has been working with a range of more obscure grapes, particularly those from Italy, and is currently finding success at its visitor centre with a Jacob’s Creek Limited Release Fiano and Nero d’Avola.
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