2023 Jauma Origins Skin Contact Arneis

Great example of skin contact winemaking from natural wine hero, James Erskine.

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James Erskine has a great touch with orange wines, coaxing all sorts of exotic flavours and textures from his whites varieties.

The 2023 vintage brings us the fourth edition of the renowned Origin Arneis, and this time around, we're diving into some exciting territory with carbonic maceration making its second appearance. James, the skilled vintner behind the scenes, has been on a mission to unlock the full potential of Arneis, a grape known for its understated charm in its natural form. Through tinkering with harvest timing and fermentation techniques, he's aiming to squeeze every drop of flavour out of these grapes.

Hailing from a hidden gem in McLaren Vale, perched 380 meters high with a northern exposure, the grapes soak up the unique essence of the terroir. These mature vines, aged 21 years, draw their character from the diverse mix of clay, quartz, and ironstone soils that they call home, adding layers of complexity to the wine.

After a lively two-week carbonic fermentation dance, resulting in a distinctive orange hue, the wine hangs out in stainless tanks for a lengthy 11-month nap on its lees. This careful process is all about coaxing out those subtle nuances and textures, resulting in a wine that's as deep and rich as it is elegant and refined.

2023 Origins Skin Contact Arneis. Peter’s Creek, farmed organically by Dave Gartelman, vineyard owned by Jim Zerella.

VINES- 280m elevation, 25 year old vines on a north-east facing slope. The soil is red clay interspersed with degraded sandstone.

WINEMAKING- Carbonic maceration for 2 weeks then pressed to tank for 10 months.

TASTING NOTES- Marmalade orange, candied fruits, pears, rich textural pallet with sweet fruits and subtle, mouthwatering tannins. 13.5%

All Jauma Wines are Living Wines, made with zero additions or filtration, and bottled under crown seal for perfect freshness and stability.


James Erskine has been one of the most influential voices in the Australian natural wine movement for more than two decades. An award-winning-sommelier turned world-renowned winemaker, James founded Jauma in 2010 with an eye to crafting honest, thought-provoking wines made purely from nothing but grapes.

In the world of Jauma, nothing is added and nothing is taken away during the winemaking process. The transparency and translation of the vineyard into the glass are the ultimate aims.

Erskine's meticulous approach and unyielding standards have produced some of the most talked-about wines of his generation. They are startlingly pure and have an ephemeral energy about them. They often sell out in the blink of an eye. They are everything that is magical and magnetic about the world of natural wine.

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