Jacob's Creek is named Australian Wine of the Year in China

The flagship red blend, which was the first wine to be launched under the Jacob’s Creek label with the 1973 vintage, won a Double Gold medal before being handed the Australian Wine of the Year Trophy, in a year which saw entries from over 80 Australian wineries.

Jacob’s Creek Chief Winemaker Bernard Hickin said: “Shiraz Cabernet is the quintessential Jacob’s Creek red blend – so it is humbling to see that it is still enjoying significant critical acclaim several decades after its launch.

“To be awarded Australian Wine of the Year in a wine market as important as China really is the ultimate accolade.”

Jacob’s Creek Classic Shiraz Cabernet 2012 is described as a ‘medium-bodied blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, boasting flavours of blackberry and plum, with hints of pepper, smooth tannins and subtle oak’.

The China Wine & Spirits Awards is said to be the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Hong Kong and China. Wines and spirits are entered from over 35 countries and are blind tasted by 100 judges, who are selected for being the top buyers of wines and spirits in the local market.

Bernard Hickin continued: “This award is also testament to the outstanding quality of the 2012 vintage in Australia, which has produced some phenomenal wines across the entire Jacob’s Creek portfolio.”