Wet season for vintage 2017
On Tuesday 31 January, Jacob’s Creek kicked off its 2017 vintage with Chardonnay destined for Jacob’s Creek sparkling wine. The first fruit to be picked was from the Murray Darling, with the Riverland commencing the following day. “The 2017 growing season saw an extremely wet winter which has resulted in a later harvest in January this year, more closely aligned with typical timings we’ve seen in the past. The below average temperatures and above average rainfall have delivered healthy and strong vine growth. More rain means less supplementary water used to irrigate, whilst also requiring growers to be more precise with their canopy management” says Ben Bryant, of his first vintage as Chief Winemaker at Jacob’s Creek.