The Number 1 Gamay in Yarra Valley.
We’re excited to announce the 2019 Gamay has just been released!
The winery has put a lot of work into developing this variety in the vineyard year on year. The work started early for this wine, with the cellar team pruning the vines in late August 2018.
Shoots were thinned again by the team in November. As always with Gamay, a significant fruit thin was also required, and this was carried out at the end of véraison with approximately one third of the crop to the ground. It may sound extreme but it’s necessary for fruit quality. We picked in the second week of March 2019.
In the winery, the aim was to take the depth and vibrancy of the fruit we had, and build a wine with the presence and drive we see in great Beaujolais.
The finished wine – no finings and minimally filtered, has fragrant red berries and juniper on the nose and subtle notes of cinnamon and a moreish earthy pepper on the back palate.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!