‘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 rest was 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.
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