Jauma (”Yaow-ma”) is run by the wild ex-sommelier turned winemaker James Erskine in the Basket Range near Adelaide, South Australia. Working together with organic vineyard consultant Fiona Wood, the two produce Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Gewürztraminer in a unique, expressive, creative style from their Seaview, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale and Clarendon vineyard sites.
The vineyards are sandy, elevated sites either over red clay, schist or quartz. All wines are harvested by hand, all ferments are wild, and the wines are never added to or taken from – since 2015 all of James's wines are without added sulphur and all are bottled without fining or filtration too.
It’s difficult to pigeon-hole James’ winemaking style but he always manages to blur the line between ‘fun wine’ and ‘fine wine’ with wines full of character, fruit expression and texture, yet with plenty of elegance, detail and structure. These are the sulphur-free wines everyone is trying to make these days but so often coming up short - stable, well-made and age-worthy, but still with plenty of character and interest.
NB: Since 2016 all of James's wines are bottled under crown seal, both still and sparkling.