Country, Region: South Australia, Adelaide Hills
Made from a vineyard located at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills at 480 metres altitude in soils of quartz and mica schist on weathered sandstone on a north-facing slope. Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed with pressings kept separate. Barrel fermented in new and used French oak puncheons and barriques and aged on fine lees for 15 months bottled in July 2022 with no fining or filtration. Lively acidity works in with subtle lees aged characters giving great length and dimension to this bright and fresh Chardonnay. Just 1467 bottles produced.
‘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.’ Jason Collins.
'"The JC’s Own" is Jaysen Collins’ "project wines" that stem from his very good work at the bloody good Massena winery in the Barossa Valley. I guess here, JC’s Own allows him some additional flexibility in winemaking style. Satisfying his own interests, so to speak. The aesthetic of the labelling and broad, round-shouldered bottle already suggest something about eclectic style, edginess.' Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, August 2019.