Hello and welcome back! To myself mostly, as I feel like I have been away for a long time. But let’s get started now as I have an exciting new natural wine discovery to introduce you. It’s called Jumpin’ Juice and it’s all over the #gram.
Very minimal information is provided with this wine in terms of labelling, which is how we like it in the natural wine world really - and this is what I actually find super interesting, as I can get googling and researching away and finding out more. So if you are currently waiting to open this bottle at home or just curious to try it at a wine bar, read further, since I’ve done most of the research already.
Jumpin’ Juice is an Australian wine project by Patrick Sullivan, based in Victoria across multiple organic and biodynamic vineyards. The project is focused around the concept of purity and aims to deliver natural wines that are juicy and pure fruit. Vines grow healthy in the vineyards and grapes can do their thing once they are in the cellar - minimal intervention is key.
The Jumpin’ Juice wine I am tasting today is Half Full (Red) 2018.
The colour is everything, once you have seen it, it’s hard to let go! Serve lightly chilled? Likely. But I think this is still a great wine for this season as we are starting to embrace the colder weather, wearing cosy jumpers, and if anything the colour of this wine just goes so well with the colours of this season. There you have it.
It’s a blend as well, which is always exciting. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris? Maybe more? The internet is divided.
One the nose I get a lot of fresh ripe strawberry… ONE SIP AND I’M LIKE - THIS IS SO DELICIOUS! Honestly one of the best wines I’ve ever had. I don’t know what took me so long. This is pure, delicious juice, like a raw/cold pressed juice that is in no way too acidic or too sweet. And it’s still got that natural wine flavour to it, that subtle funkyness but in a totally good way, that confirms this is the real thing and it’s not some additives-rich product. It’s perfect and beautiful and I want more. And I want to taste the entire range.
I’m having so much fun observing this wine and detecting how aromas bounce and develop in the glass (herbs, yeasts, fruit, tomato?! ) - is this why it’s called Jumpin’ Juice?
Have you had Jumpin' Juice wines before? What did you think?
Let me know, as for me this is one of the coolest natural wines by far.