JC’s Own “Little Monster” Grenache 2017


2017 Little Monster: 100% Grenache from two old vineyards in the Angaston Foothills of Barossa Valley at 350m elevation. 100% whole bunch put in a tank with dry ice and sealed to spontaneously ferment for 6 weeks. Gentle foot treading releases the remaining juice and re-kicks the ferment once transferred to large old French oak. Minimal S02 and bottled without fining and filtration.

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I met Jaysen many years ago on a visit to the Barossa, has been around making wines for many years now despite his tender youth. Spending quite some years as a senior winemaker at Torbreck before joining Dan Standish with their Massena Wines project back in the early 2010’s. JC’s Own wines are just that! All his! Jaysen sourced some brilliant fruit back in 2015 and couldn’t resist keeping some for his very own wines, thus JC’s Own was born. Since then there have been several new wines added to the range including a cheeky little vermouth which is deliciously herbal.

‘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.’ – The Winefront, September 2016.

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