Celebrating its 37th Vintage!
‘The Jim Jim’ is a small mountain elevation of 750m, just near the famous Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges Wine Region of Victoria. It is cold by world viticultural standards, producing wines that have a lot in common with the cooler regions of France and New Zealand and bearing little similarity to those of the warmer parts of Australia where this variety is often grown.
2021 was a cool, long vintage. In cool climate regions, this can mean one of two things; it can be too cold and wet, potentially resulting in unripe flavours and potentially disease in the vineyard. Or, if you’re lucky it can mean an extra-long ripening period resulting in great intensity and structure in your wines.. Luckily 2021 was an amazing year, potentially the best we’ve seen in decades!
The wine was made by picking the three Sauv Blanc clones we have in 3 stages; some a little under ripe (providing a great acid backbone), some at perfect ripeness and some a little over ripe (which provides some tropical fruit flavours). 100% of the wine was then barrel fermented for 2 weeks in new French oak, with 6 hours of skin contact included. It was then transferred to old oak for 3 months with fortnightly yeast stirring, to add some complexity to the wine. The grapes were pressed as whole bunches to give a juice of high clarity and minimise phenolic extraction. The wine was then bottled.
Colour: Pale straw with green tinge.
Nose: A powerful lifted floral and honey dew aroma.
Palate: This wine shows intensity and layers of complexity. It has both minerality and shows tropical fruit flavours, complemented by a round, lush texture through to a clean, crisp, refreshing finish.
Reviews & Awards:
Top Gold Medal- Ballarat Wine Show 2021- Class 4- Sauvignon Blanc
Trophy- Ballarat Wine Show 2021- Best Other White Wine
95 Points & Top Value Award- Halliday Wine Companion March 2022
'An altogether refreshing and satisfying wine, delivering some varietal punch with a bit more complexity across the palate. Succulent and juicy citrus aromas and flavours alongside fresh basil, just-mown grass and pea shoots with a dash of passionfruit juice and pith. It also is finely tuned, finishes long and you’ll be pouring another glass quick smart.'
Australian Wine Guide- Clive Hartley
Wow! impressive nose, it sings of Sauvignon Blanc with cut grass, strong gooseberry and green herbs. This is surprising as the wine undergoes 100% barrel fermentation and lees stirring. I would never have guessed. The palate does give an indication of the winemaking with a touch of creamy yeasty lees but it is still light bodied with crisp acidity. A lovely wine.
Rating: Highly Recommended