JAUMA, JAMES ERSKINE, McLaren Vale, South Australia Biodynamic, natural
James Erskine of Jauma produces hand crafted wines is South Australia and his passion is Grenache (he also has an honours graduate in soil chemistry and is a certified sommelier). All of Jauma’s 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 added sulphur. All work in the winery is done by gravity, without the need to use pumps. James’s winery is in one of the original, basket range sandstone buildings built in 1841 just around the corner from his family home.
James 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
‘Like Raindrops’ is a blend of all three Grenache vineyards – Foreman Block in the alluvial basin of McLaren Vale proper, moving to the white beach sands of Blewitt Springs’ famed Genovese Vineyard and finishing on the steep slopes of Clarendon with the iron-rich Wood Vineyard. All three harmonize perfectly to give a glimpse into the Grenache world of James Erskine “Blackberry, raspberry, and plum dominate the nose, with hints of savoury, menthol, and sage. The fruit again takes over on the palate. The medium-high acid keeps the wine young and vibrant. Long, intense finish of mineral-tinged black and red berries”. All fruit is organically farmed and hand harvested. No sulphur was added throughout the winemaking process.