Jacopin 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 vineyards

This wine is a blend from two vineyards. The main component comes from Scotts Creek vineyard in Morgan (Riverland). Grapes from here provide up-front, fresh flavours that enable the finished wine to be enjoyed straight away, without the need for long term cellaring. To this I have blended wine from Woodlands Ridge vineyard, Kenton Valley (Adelaide Hills), contributing elegance, texture, and structure.

Blending of grape varieties

This wine is a unique blend of Chardonnay and Gruner Veltliner.  The Chardonnay (92% of the blend) contributes vibrant lemon citrus and nectarine fruit aromas and flavours as well as a soft, round palate.  Gruner Veltliner (8% of the blend)  adds texture and structure, balancing the “fullness” of the Chardonnay and contributing to the long, elegant finish on the palate.

Food match

Like all our wines, this wine is vegan-friendly. Served slightly chilled with antipasto platters and summer salads.


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