Minimal intervention winemaking can be somewhat of a doulble edged sword. On one had you can let the indigenous yeasts ferment away your grape juice and you can end up with a stellar product like this.
You can also have little influence over the secondary characters derived from barrel work or extended maturation on lees. Taking minimalism one-step further you can even chose not the filter the wine. And a little winery from Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale is doing just that.
Juma is a producer of natural wines labelled with imbued youth. Biggles (dry grown Grenache) is an interesting wine, confidently left on solids post ferment.
Jauma 'Biggles' Dry Grown 2011 Grenache McLaren Vale
Visually this wine is milky pink akin to a wheat beer and that wouldn’t survive the clarity mark in a line up. On the nose it’s pulpy raspberry and slight estery cherry, which is both surprising and welcome. There is a defined spritz on the palate; suggestive the ferment is still in the stages of winding down. With careful decanting you can hurl the effervescence off, as well as avoid the solids aspect. Length and breadth this wine is spot on for the style bearing in mind you can’t get extractive techniques with minimal winemaking. The fruit weight and intensity is notable but it’s certainly not a while which commands attention. A curio of a wine.
Probably not something I’d be keen to repeat again, however the wine’s valiant playfulness slotted into finery while it was enjoyed at two-year old’s birthday party.