Jauma Winery

Jauma produces hand crafted wines is South Australia. Owned and managed by Denise and James Erskine. The Erskines live and work in the Adelaide Hills with their children Danby and Audrey. James is honours graduate in soil chemistry and a certified sommelier. Denise trained and worked as a nurse and now specializes in Cranial sacral therapy.

Their first vintage was in 2010. All of the vineyards are managed by Fiona Wood and all of their wines are made without the addition of yeasts, acids, polymers, enzymes, tannins or filtration. All of the vineyard blocks grown on the hilly ranges of McLaren Vale, are hand harvested, farmed biodynamically, and bottled with minimal sulfites.

Jauma is a founding member of the Natural Wine Theory, a revolutionary group formed a few years ago that has turned perceptions of Australian wine upside down. Committed to sustainable viticulture grounded in organic and biodynamic principles, Jauma and the rest of this motley crew are crafting wines with incredible vitality, sex appeal and dangerous drinkability.

Chenin Blanc Petnat
Reviews:

Josh Reynolds :

2013 Pet-Nat Chenin Blanc Blewitt Springs Mclaren Vale Hazy yellow. Pungent aromas of nectarine, yellow plum and white flowers. Ripe, fleshy and expansive, with fresh pit fruit flavors, a note of bitter lemon pith and a touch of youthful spritz. Very refreshing chenin blanc with good finishing cut and lingering spiciness. 89

Price: (12 bottles) $324
 
Grenache 'Biggles' Adelaide Hills
Reviews:

Josh Reynolds :

2013 Biggles Grenache Mclaren Vale Vivid red. Intensely perfumed, spicy red berry and cherry aromas, along with a subtle anise quality. Silky in texture, with elegant, expansive raspberry and candied cherry flavors complemented by notes of white pepper, clove and allspice. This is quite elegant in a vaguely pinot way. Finishes sweet and very long, with smooth tannins building slowly. 92

Price: (12 bottles) $360
 
Mclaren Vale Syrah Alessa
Reviews:

Josh Reynolds :
2013 Alessa Syrah Mclaren Vale Dark ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of dark berries, cured tobacco and violet, along with a suave mineral overtone. Fleshy blackberry and blueberry flavors are enlivened by Asian spice and cracked pepper qualities, showing very good clarity. Finishes long and sweet, with a note of candied dark berries, excellent focus and supple tannins. 92

Price: (12 bottles) $324
 
Syrah Grenache 'Danby' Mclaren Vale
Reviews:

Josh Reynolds : 2013 Danby Mclaren Vale (92% grenache and 8% shiraz): Opaque ruby. Sexy, mineral-accented cherry and red berries on the nose. Silky and seamless in texture, with deep raspberry and cherry-cola flavors enlivened by tangy acidity. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes with excellent clarity and spicy, smoky persistence. 92

Price: (12 bottles) $372
 
Syrah Grenache Audrey
Reviews:

By Josh Raynolds :
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 14
2012 Syrah Grenache Audrey : Youthful purple. Smoky cherry, blackberry and candied licorice on the highly perfumed nose. Plush, open-knit black and blue fruit flavors are enlivened by a peppery nuance, gaining vivacity with aeration. Spicy and precise on the persistent finish, which shows appealing sweetness and a hint of dusty tannins. 91 points

Price: (12 bottles) $440
 
Syrah Scyras
Reviews:

By Josh Raynolds :
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 13
2012 Syrah Scyras (13.9% alcohol): Opaque ruby. High-pitched dark berry and Indian spice scents, with deeper licorice and cola nuances adding complexity. Sappy, penetrating and focused on the palate, offering tangy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness with air. In an elegant, energetic style, with strong finishing lift, subtle tannic grip and very good persistence. "Scyras" is an old French name for syrah, by the way. 92 points

Price: (12 bottles) $300
 
Like Raindrops Grenache

This is Grenache for lights-off behavior when the lights are on. A blend of three vineyards from across the McLaren Vale: Ascension, in the alluvial basin of the northern slopes of McLaren Vale proper; Tullah, the white beach sands of McLaren Flat, and Wood, the sandy ironstone ridge of Clarendon. Earth and undergrowth surround a heart of spice and rose.

Ascension makes up the majority of this blend with pressings from Tullah and a little free run from Wood. Ascension definitely rears her head with this one though as the unique clone of Grenache has almost Mourvedre like notes with a meaty and earthiness.

Region: McLaren Vale
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Vintage: 2013
Vineyard: 80% Ascension Block (McLaren Vale) - 15% Tullah Vineyard (McLaren Flat) - 5% Wood Vineyard (Clarendon)
Vine Age: Ascension Block (71 years old) - Tullah Vineyard (67 years old) - Wood Vineyard (16 years old)
Yield: 1.3 tons per acre
Soil Type: Ascension (Sandy Loamy Silt) - Tullah (White Beach Sand over Red Clay) - Wood Vineyard (Red Sand on Ironstone)
Oak: 12 months in neutral French puncheon
Production: 280 cases

Reviews:

IWC 92 Points - "Bright ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes smoky raspberry, mulberry, candied rose and spicecake. Seamless and sweet, with energetic red berry compote flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Gains richness and spiciness with air and finishes very long, with clinging sweetness." - Josh Raynolds

Price: $360 Net
 
Gramp Ant Grenache

Gramp Ant is equally sourced from the best corners of McLaren Vale's Ascension Block (1942, own roots) and McLaren Flat's Tullah Vineyard (1946, own roots). Grampant is named after the kids' Grandpa, Antony. Like many of the 2013s this was an 'extended' ferment in that it took nearly 3 months longer than usual to finish. This is a declassified program in that it is the best barrels of Tullah and Ascension to show the best of sandy soil Grenache. The '13 was bottled with a touch more sulfur than his other wines to take up some of the aldehyde formed during the extremely slow ferment. Decant and then love!

An ethereal rise into the heavens of sandy soil farmed Grenache, it attacks with musk and clove, then unwinds to a whirl of anise, peony and cranberry.

Region: McLaren Vale
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Vintage: 2013
Vineyard: 50% Ascension Block (McLaren Vale) - 50% Tullah Vineyard (McLaren Flat)
Vine Age: Ascension (71 years old) - Tullah (67 years old)
Yield: 1.3 tons per acre
Soil Type: White Beach Sand intermixed with Schist & Quarzite over Red Clay
Oak: 12 months in neutral French puncheon
Production: 100 cases

Reviews:

IWC 93 Points - "Brilliant ruby-red. Seductive scents of fresh raspberry, cinnamon and star anise, with an intense floral overtone. Sweet red fruit flavors show very good concentration, with suggestions of pomegranate and blood orange giving the wine a tangy character. Shows outstanding clarity and cut on the finish, which is shaped by smooth, even tannins." - Josh Raynolds

Price: $400 Net
 
Alfred Grenache

High on the Clarendon ridge sits the sloped, Wood vineyard. Bush vines, 1981, own roots, planted by Ralph and farmed by daugher Fiona. Atop of the Wood vineyard the soil is super lean and in good years can ripen the tannins of the fearsome Grenache to the perfect point to produce an etheric but powerful wine, named the 'Wood Vineyard'. The slope of the block is still lean but has a little more colloidal material binding onto water. 100% whole bunch, all of the other wines off of Wood are 100% destemmed. Tight, tight, tightly wound, fastidious tannins, etherial lift and aromatics that would drive even Ken Kesey into submission. Slurp and sip now but with time in bottle this genie will unfold. This wine perfectly captures the mineral intensity of this really singular site.

 

Region: McLaren Vale (Clarendon Subzone)
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Vintage: 2014
Vineyard: Wood Vineyard
Vine Age: 33 years old
Yield: 1.8 tons per acre
Soil Type: Sandy Ironstone with Clay Deposits
Oak: 11 months in third year French puncheon
Production: 85 cases

 

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Price: Fl $640.00