Celebrating its 30th 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.
2017 was considered the vintages of the decade by many. Not only did we get very good, clean crops but we also got a nice quantity of fruit as well. A cooler summer without many extremely hot days and plenty of rain at the right time meant that the grapes were clean and had just the right flavour profile. This meant that vintage was very early and ripening happened evenly and without disease.
The wine is made by picking the fruit 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). 10% of the wine is then barrel fermented for 2 weeks in new French oak to add some complexity to the wine, the rest is fermented and stored in tank until time for bottling. The grapes were pressed as whole bunches to give a juice of high clarity and little phenolic extraction, and then cool fermented in stainless steel. To preserve varietal character, the wine was bottled as soon as possible after completion of the fermentation.
Colour: Pale straw with green tinge.
Nose: A powerful lifted floral and honey dew aroma.
Palate: This wine shows 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.
Awards: 95 points and 5 stars - Halliday Wine Companion 2018
Best Australian Sauvignon Blanc Gold Medal - International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017