The Wine: Ralph's Vineyard Grenache 2018
(review by The Wine Front, Mike Bennie)
"It’s delicious. Truly. It sits in a big glass with pale colour but ribald scents of rose petal, cola, potpourri, dark plum, herbs. Wafty and pretty. The palate is fine, delicate, tightly wound but also has a juiciness; it’s yin and yang of fruit, tannin and acidity. There’s chompy amaro-like sour sweetness, brisk dark fruit and licks of herbs, leather and earth in light supply. You feel supple berry goodness bustling then tobacco-like savoriness coupled to fine, dusty tannins to close. Unadorned, delicious, elegant, fine Grenache".
The Producer: Jauma
(from Jaumas's website)
James has a background in cookery, sommelier work and an honors degree in Agricultural science specializing in soil chemistry. 2008 Gourmet Traveller Australian Sommelier of the year, Negociants working with wine fellow 2008, Chief Judge and co-ordinator Adelaide Review Hot 100 wine show 2010-2013. Founding member of Natural Selection Theory.
Living in Sydney Mark stumbled across Jauma’s preservative-free creations, he reached out and the pair started working together in 2015. With a thirst for knowledge, Mark’s hands-on approach to winemaking is in balance here. He takes just as much from James’s science brain as he does from his hippy-like sentience. It makes for good arguments, better agreements, and healthier booze.
Fiona consults Jauma in vineyard management. She trained and worked as a chef but when her father Ralph purchased some superb land on the ironstone ridge of Clarendon, Fiona returned to study viticulture. Fiona together with partner David Swann, run a viticultural consultancy as well as their own vinyeards.
The Region: McLaren Vale