Jumpin' Juice Sunset 2019, Patrick Sullivan (Victoria, Australia)
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Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon Style: Rosé ABV: 12.8% Production: Biodynamic, organic Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: No Size: 75cl
Sunset: Sometimes we just want to drink Juice. Sometimes we just want a bit of alchemy. Skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon.... The colour of Summer and the scent of a holiday. Crunchy, lush, fruit bomb crazy.
Jumpin' Juice Sunset is a splendid blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are vinified partly in ceramic and partly in steel, in whole bunches for the most part destemmed. It is bottled without clarification or filtration. Jumpin' Juce is cherry red in colour. The nose is fresh with hints of wild strawberries and red flowers. The mouth is vibrant, fruity, fresh, electric and inviting. But it is useless to think of all these things, the bottle will end sooner.
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.