2023 Adelaide Hills / McLaren Vale Chardonnay


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 100% Chardonnay, from two different regions.  The main component (55%) is from Kersbrook (Adelaide Hills).  This fruit provides grapefruit and lemon characters along with elegance and length to the palate.  To this, Chardonnay from Willunga (McLaren Vale) has been blended.  Being a warmer climate, McLaren Vale fruit  fills out the mid palate and gives a burst of ripe melon and nectarine fruit.


The Adelaide Hills fruit was whole bunch pressed to maintain the fruit’s delicacy, while the McLaren Vale fruit received some skin contact,, contributing texture and fruit intensity.  Both parcels were fermented separately in neutral French oak barriques where they remained on lees for 5 months before blending.  the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity.

Food match

A perfect food wine that pairs well with fish, pasta, poultry and soft cheeses.


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