"Sand on Schist" is James Erskine & Fionna Wood's sprightly Chenin Blanc from the Blewitt Springs Vineyard planted in the early 1940s in McLaren Vale. The age of the vines and the geological treasure of the white sandy soils with scattered quartz and schist form an idiosyncratic site for those who cherish the idea of Australian terroir. The subsoil is heavy clay that retains enough water for the vines to be dry-farmed. The grapes are certified organic and hand-harvested with care. The final wine is bottled under crown-cap without any added sulfur, acids, or foreign yeasts.
The 2017 is the color of a golden afternoon, with vivid aromas of wet sand, salty kelp, squeezed lemon, spicy ginger, and tangy funk. The palate is brisk and lip-smacking with notes of green apple, lemon, salty leesiness, and finishes with a persistent flavor of fresh peach flesh. This bottle makes us nostalgic for long afternoons on warmer days. Fans of natural wines will not be disappointed if they choose to drink now, but we suspect this wine will benefit from some time in bottle to allow its mighty terroir to shine.
Jauma Chenin Blanc Sand On Schist 2017