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Jauma Sand Schist Chenin Blanc 2016

Jauma Sand Schist Chenin Blanc2016

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A fresh style of Chenin with plenty of lemons, limes, and yellow peaches. On first glance it's almost a classical wine until you hit that hint of funky fresh and tasty oxidation on the palate, which rounds it all out nicely.

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Region
Blend Info.
Chenin Blanc
Alcohol by Vol.
11.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Serving Temp.
7 - 12 degrees
Closure
Crown cap

Producer

Jauma

Jauma was established by James Erskine in 2010 in the Adelaide Hills. James had originally trained as a hotelier and cook, with an ambition to open his own restaurant. He thereafter received several prizes for his work as a sommelier, such as the ‘2008 Australian Gourmet Traveller Sommelier of the Year’ and the ‘Negociants Australia Working With Wine fellowship’. He travelled to Germany, London and Japan, living and working, before studying oenology and agricultural science on his return to Australia. During his study at the University of California Davis, he made many trips to Napa and Sonoma, and learnt about making wine and seeing where the grapes would take him. Jauma was therefore founded with this philosophy in mind, and the desire to make wine with ‘no additions, subtractions, divisions or multiplications.’ Jauma sources its fruit from several vineyards in McLaren Vale, under the watchful eyes of vineyard consultants Fiona Wood and Dave Gartelman. In 2018 James purchased an organic cherry farm in the Adelaide Hills, with 1,200 cherry trees and 15 varieties, which people are able to pick for themselves at certain times of year. In 2020 the farm will also be planted with grapevines; currently growing in their nursery are Chenin Blanc, Savagnin, Cabernet Franc and Traminer varietals.

All of Jauma’s wines are free of preservatives and are sourced from McLaren Vale. On the lighter side is the ‘Thousand Fires Semillon Chenin’, in which the wine is fermented on the skins, giving it an orange colour and a honeyed, tropical edge. The ‘Blewitt Springs Grenache’ is a light-to-medium bodied wine with ripe cherry aromas and flavours that can be enjoyed in 10 years, or right now.

Check out more about Jauma on the website.

Region

South Australia

A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia's wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.

Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia's premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that injects a venom into the root of the vine while sucking out sap. The effect of the outbreak vastly influenced the global market. For example, France’s wine output decreased by over 40%, with the whole ordeal costing the country over 10 billion francs. Luckily for all, the grand ‘down-under’ remained a wine wonder, as the blight couldn’t take flight and reach the far away lands.