Wine Type: Red
Varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle size: 75cl
The 2011 vintage was the 35th birthday of the famous wine brand Jacob's Creek. The first Jacob's Creek wine, a 1973 blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, and Malbec (labeled as 'Claret'), was released by wine company Orlando in 1976.
Now part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, the brand has been extended in recent years. First, two new tiers were added: the Reserve range (in 2000) and the Three Vines series (in 2007). The Three Vines didn't work, but the Reserve Range, with its regional focus, has continued. Second, the Orlando high-end wines—St Hugo, Steingarten, and Johann—have been brought under the Jacob's Creek banner as the Heritage range. Third, the last year has seen some innovative new additions to the portfolio.
In terms of winemaking, Jacobs Creek does things the right way. They don't rely on sweetness from grape juice concentrate for their reds, unlike some of the other big Australian brands: these wines are pretty much dry. And with oak use, staves (or planks) are used for the cheaper wines, which they treat themselves, and not oak chips or powder.
Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon has won bronze in San Francisco International Wine Competition, Hong Kong IWSC, International Wine and Spirit Competition, Japan Wine Challenge, and International Wine Challenge.