2018 Sven Joschke Le Pete Sa Mere Arbois

Possibly the first Jura Chardonnay made by an Australian and sent back to the homeland. Limited availability.

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During his time working in South Australia, Sven Joschke struck up a friendship with young Jura vigneron, Marin Fumey, of Fumey Chatelain.

Marin was gethering experience working at Barossa new wave icon, Spinifex, and spent a little time helping out Sven. Sven returned the favour with vintage in the Jura.

Whilst there, he procured a little Chardonnay which he put to barrel in 2018. The wine has spent two years in bottle before release. It's a ripper.

It's smoky, tightly coiled and shows all the saline minerality that the region is famous for. Precious little made it to Aus and it's expected to go quickly - this may be the first Australian made Jura Chardonnay to ever hit our shores.

Grown by Ann & Michael, made by Sven, single vineyard 30yo vines
⁃ Hand picked
⁃ Wild yeast, barrel fermented
⁃ 50% Malo
⁃ 50% new French oak, 11 months on lees
⁃ Unfined and Unfiltered

92 Points - "Strong reductive, wet slate and stone scents to start but that gives way to light honey notes, salted nuts, stone fruit and green melon. The palate is tense and taut, lightly honeyed too, gently saline-minerally and finds a little squirt of apricot nectar in there too, finishing with light walnut paste notes. Very pent up in feel, dry and puckering in texture, though give the wine some air and it starts to soften somewhat and bring you in as a drinker. A wine for cellaring to start, I reckon, though don’t be shy to have a crack now; too hard to resist seeing what Sven has been up to!" - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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