Jumpin' Juice Yellow Yellow 2019, Patrick Sullivan (Victoria, Australia)
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Grapes: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer Style: Orange ABV: 12.8% Production: Biodynamic, organic Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: No Size: 75cl
It's ripe, tropical, pineapples and cream. Made to taste like the true sun-baked place it’s from. Electric energy pouring out of the bottle.
Made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grown biodynamically in Margaret River, this electric skinsy amber is juicy as can be and brimming with energy. Both the Sauvignon and the Semillon spent two weeks on skins before being pressed off. The Sauvignon then went to large oak, the Semillon off to stainless tank. A splash of Gewurztraminer brings an additional floral pop to the nose and a little more spice in the palate. It's a super-fun example of skin-contact wine and a nice place to start if you're familiarising yourself with wines of this style.
After dropping out of his winemaking degree to refocus on a degree in viticulture, majoring in botany, Patrick now produces wines from his jointly-owned organic estate in Gippsland, his farm in Ellinbank, and a range of wines from various Organic and Biodynamic growers. As for a winemaking style, Patrick is totally driven by purity. The wines make themselves and what you end up drinking is pure fruit. The grapes are put into a fermenter, and left to their own devices. They are never added to, worked on or meddled with. Patrick sees any single bit of work or treatment to the wine as detracting from its original state and taking away purity. The result is something that is simply delicious on the surface but even more rewarding when you dig a little deeper. Everything in his approach is entirely sensory, and the wines are always a joy to drink.