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2020 Jauma 'Why Try So Hard?' Chenin Muscat Grenache
James Erskine crafts some of the most beautiful natural wines in Australia and is, without question, reference point material for great zero-zero natural winemaking. He, together with Tom Shobbrook, Anton van Klopper and Sam Hughes started 'Natural Selection Theory' back in 2012, and the rest is history (click here to go down a total rabbit hole).
Why Try So Hard? is a cuvée which started as an exclusive for my friends at Wine Diamonds Japan. It's a rough translation from 無理むりしないで or "muri shinai de" which means why try so hard, don't overdo it, or take it easy. A couple of years ago we managed to swing a few bottles from Japan's allocation and it was incredible! A few of my earlier customers might remember this... anyway, this year we got it as a keg-wine exclusive, with the rest of the James's 2020s (in bottle) due to join us just before xmas.
2020 Why Try So Hard? is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Muscat à Petit Grains and a tiny wee splash of carbonic-macerated Grenache! Juicy orchard fruit, some very fine, chalky texture from the skinsy bits, a saline acidity and a lively, spicy mid-palate. I guess a bit like Patrick Sullivan's Breakfast Wine it's unusual but universally delicious... Not a far reach for anyone familiar with Jauma really!
And as always with Jauma: organic, wild fermented, unfiltered, unfined and made with no additions whatsoever.