2023 Adelaide Hills Nero d’Avola


I began learning the art of blending under the tutelage of M. Guy Jacopin in Champagne. He didn’t speak a word of English, nor did I speak any French, yet he was able to teach me so much. On several occasions, we sat chatting and tasting wines as he demonstrated to me the contribution that different grape varieties made as well as different vineyards of the same varieties.

Whereas my single vineyard wines are all about expressing specific terroirs, my “Jacopin” wines showcase the art of blending and the language of wine.

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Blending of grape varieties

This wine is a blend of two grape varieties, from two regions.  The main component (96%) is Nero d’Avola from Kersbrook (Adelaide Hills).  This fruit provides juicy, vibrant black cherry and red plum flavours with a floral lift dominated by violets and Mediterranean herbs.  To this, Pinot Noir from Kuitpo (Adelaide Hills) has been blended, contributing to the vibrant structure of this wine.


This wine has been made with minimal intervention to showcase the fresh fruit flavours.  A relatively cool fermentation (22-24C)on skins, with gentle hand-plunging for one week.  Pressing occurred approximately 3/4 the way through fermentation to avoid extraction of harsh tannins from the grape seeds, yielding a very soft, fresh and fruity style.

Food match

Being soft and fruity, this is very much a red wine for people who normally prefer whites or roses.  Drink slightly shilled with summer barbecues, pasta dishes and a wide range of seafoods.


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