(2017) Made in an Amarone style, from 45-year-old vines, the grapes dried for 6 to 7 weeks. Smoky, tight, blue-black fruit with an intensity and a touch of prune, but absolutely not stewed, it's the ripe juiciness that comes through. Tight and black into the finish.
(2016) From a blend of all of the McLaren Vale vineyards used by Jauma, if the name conjures up delicacy and transparency, well that's not quite the case, but the wine, aged in neutral barrels, is a bright and more easily approachable in style, with a supple, velvet texture and big mouthful of crushed berries and fine herbs, the talcumy tannins adding to the seduction.
(2016) Named after James Erskine's dad - Grandpa Antony to James' kids - this is sourced from very old vines in McLaren Vale, and is a supple, creamy Grenache, with great fruit intensity, but there is lift, perfume and layered aroma and flavour too, a little kirsch, smokiness and crisp bacon fat, and a good supporting structure that suggest it will age. Grown organically and made with zero added sulphur I believe.
(2016) Very attractive creamy cappuccino character, the orange rind notes and it is gently sappy, briary and coffee-ish again, with a rasp of tannin and acidity and terrific squirting juiciness. Lovely structural elements here too. Note: UK stockist and price are for the 2014 vintage at time of review.
(2016) Matured in puncheons, one-third new. A much flintier, complex sulphide nose, from a higher vineyard, 100 metres higher than the M3 Chardonnay, as they have "chased vineyards further up the hill." Toast and sweet barrel notes, the palate has gorgeous sweet ripeness, but juicy orchard fruit and touches of peach before a savoury lemon and salt acidity. Note: price and stockist quoted is for 2014 at time of review.
(2016) An 'icon' wine that lives up to its reputation, this was one of the wines of the trip from the 200 or so I tasted in late 2016. 5% Viognier is co-fermented with the Shiraz, giving a touch of peachiness and floral character, pretty at first, then some almost rhubarb and chestnut notes. The palate is medium bodied and so freshly juicy, lots of taut acid and tannin, but it has a certain grace, gently wrapped in its fragrance and cool mineral and sweet vanilla finish.
(2016) Very pure, dense, sweet black fruit, creamy, with very nice mouth-filling and coffee touched character, great tannins and fresh cherry acidity. Lovely balance. Long and composed, but with great fruit expression.
(2016) Beautiful, quite high tones, with plenty of raspberry and definite floral aspects – rose and violet. 10 months in second use barrel. A delightful spicy red fruit, raspberry ripple but then the tight tannins and juicy acidity give it real grip and structure too, a lovely combination.
(2016) A blend of 50% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% petit Verdot aged in 80% new French oak. Lovely peppery quality to this, savoury character, with olive and dried Chinese plums, with small herb and flower notes. The palate is savoury too, a sour cherry and plum gastromic feel, the spice of the fruit and barrel just smooths the finish.
(2016) Little notes of truffle and mealiness here, a touch of slat, a touch of flint, and though the same amount of oak as the Grenouilles (50%) it shrugs it off aromatically because of that taut mineral character of the soils here. The palate has great concentration. It has a fabulous blend of the minerality of these soils, concentrated fruit and grippy fruit skin character, and the subtle background of the tight-grained, savoury oak produces a very harmonious and balanced wine, but tightly furled at the moment, sleeping and ready to burst forth in 5 to 10 years. Fabulous concentration and intensity, great length, the lips tingling with salt in the finish.