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Meet the winemaker: Adam Jacobs, Doc Adams Wines

Darren Waters, started the McLaren Vale vineyard back in 2005, with the sole goal in mind to produce the best wines possible. 

Viticulturist Adam Jacobs, alongside his business partner, orthopedic surgeon and vineyard owner Darren Waters, started the McLaren Vale vineyard back in 2005, with the sole goal in mind to produce the best wines possible.

The talented team of Doc Adams Wines, led by Adam, is dedicated to showcasing the best of McLaren Vale grape growing and winemaking, with a wonderful result.

Why did you decide to become a winemaker?  

My first vintage was 1995 in McLaren Vale, South Australia. A cracking harvest and the wines were big and robust.

What attracted you to the McLaren Vale wine region in particular? 


I loved the ocean nearby as that has a factor in growing premium wine grapes. I knew the quality would be consistent year to year and that took the risk away. The maritime temperatures see acidity retained at night a key for quality grapes and wine.

Can you describe your winemaking style, and how it differs to your peers in the region?

I build my best wines from grapes at one end of McLaren Vale to the other. There is a difference of three weeks in harvesting and ripening and this shows in the wines from the colour to alcohol and to richness.

Which of your wines are you most proud of and why?  

The 2013 GSM because it has won two gold and two silver medals in significant Australia wine shows and James Halliday 95/100. I love this style of wine. The 2010 shiraz is a favourite also taking out a trophy and gold and silver also.

What most surprises people about Doc Adams Wines or the wines you produce? 

We are loyal to our philosophy and fun to be around. A days work is easy for us as we all enjoy one another's company. We all strive to achieve the best wines and we have no bosses in the company.

What are you drinking now, and what are you cellaring?  

I’m drinking our 2013 GSM and cellaring the 2012 Shiraz.

It’s the end of a long day. You’re sitting down to your favourite meal and a great wine to go with it – what would that be?  

Probably our first wine we produced – the 2005 Shiraz.

What is the most exciting thing coming up for both you and the business over the next 12 months?

I would say our 15 wines, which have a new oak regime. I’ve been trialing this for a couple of years now, wait and see...

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