Jaysen Collins - "Being a Barossa guy at heart, I’ve always worked with varieties that fit in this landscape, think Viognier, Marsanne, Riesling, Semillon. So, for the past decade or more I’ve been ageing these broader white varieties on less for nearly a year - I love the texture it builds and the body and character it gives.
I wanted to push this ‘sur lie’ technique a bit further and I needed a variety that would have the balance of acidity and structure that would handle extended lees ageing in barrel. Chardonnay was the obvious choice, and with great vineyard sites in the Adelaide Hills under an hour away, there was no reason not to take a punt and have a go.
For me this example of chardonnay shows a bit of my Barossa breeding, a bit more oxidised, structured and full bodied than the normal hills examples, but the zippy acidity that interplays with toasty lees characters was exactly what I was looking for."
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
Our next delivery of Zalto is expected to arrive Mid-Late April 2022.
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The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
This dry Wermut is made from premium Marsanne grown on the western ridge in the Barossa Valley.
"When I taste it, I’m still caught up in the magic from the site that has transpired for over a century."
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Jaysen Collins "I love Grenache, I love its versatility and its drinkability. The Ferine is wild and mostly intoxicating."
"I’ve always been a fan of broader, more textural whites. A little glass of this will make me float away."
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"I cut my winemaking teeth in the heavy red soils of the Barossa, where Greenock is a jewel of the crown."
97+ Points "Ludicrously good and will convert non-Pinot Noir fans."
"Different varieties bring something complimentary, but they also bring something individual."
97+ Points "The palate feel is outstanding, fresh and beautifully balanced."
JC’s Own is the solo venture of Jaysen Collins. We know Jaysen very well, through his Massena wines that he produces with his friend, Barossa veteran and Vinorium favourite, Dan Standish. It’s fair to say that Jaysen follows a creative style of winemaking, interfering as little as possible and allowing the grapes to do the work for him.
However, his twenty years of wine-making experience and his other project at Massena means that this experimental style is far more than just guess work! Very often, his wines are born out of an idea and Jaysen, drawing on his years of experience, has an inherent ability to seek out the vineyards that will communicate this idea to its very fullest. He even conceived the idea for the label of one of the wines first, and set out to produce a wine that would express the sense of this, finding the ideal site in Adelaide Hills.
Jaysen is Barossa born and bred, starting out as a qualified accountant, he began working in the business side of wine, becoming the general manager for Turkey Flat as well as the great Barossa winery St Hallett. It wasn’t long however, until Jaysen’s passion for wine grew and he decided that he’d “rather make wine than crunch numbers”. So scraping together enough money to buy some Grenache and Shiraz, he produced his first vintage with his good friend Dan Standish. Massena was originally meant to be no more than a side project for personal consumption, but grew to be one of Barossa’s most recognized and respected brands.
After two decades honing his skills as a wine maker, Jaysen felt it was time to take another step and start his solo project. JC’s Own wines are about letting the grapes do the talking and allowing them to naturally express the site from which they are picked, seeking out sustainable vineyards and practicing minimalist wine-making, using natural yeast, minimal sulphur and no fining or filtration. His wines are about the unadulterated essence of the grape, combining a sense of place and some great looking bottles!
In South Australia on the coast you find the Adelaide Hills region, one of the highest and coolest regions in Australia. Within Adelaide Hills are two sub-regions, Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood, that are noted for their unique soils and micro-climates and with conditions in Piccadilly Valley being not too dissimilar from Champagne, not only does Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive here, but various other cool climate varieties such as Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Petaluma source grapes from Clare Valley and Coonawarra but are based in Adelaide Hills and use the unique conditions found here to produce high quality Shiraz and Chardonnay.
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