Punt Road Gamay 2022 is the equal highest rated Gamay in the current Halliday Companion, equal only to Bass Philip and Eldridge Estate, both of those you'll need at least $60, if you can find them.
Gamay is the grape of Beaujolais. In Australia, it's a little rarer, but wineries such as Sorrenberg, Domenica and Bass Phillip are making superb examples. The issue always is the price, these top examples always attract premium pricing, so it's a welcome sight to see Punt Road's sub $30 Gamay with a top rating.
And perhaps this top rating should come as no surprise - it was made by Tim Shand. Prior to Punt Road, Tim worked at Giant Steps as well as Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Château Margaux in Bordeaux.
Here is the review in full from the Halliday Wine Companion: "A single-vineyard wine from vines planted in 2006 and grafted in 2014; 70/30% whole berry/whole bunch fermentation, matured in seasoned French oak hogsheads for nine months. Bright ruby red. With its aromas of crushed raspberries, red cherries, pink peppercorns and mountain herbs, this is another very good gamay from the team at Punt Road. Really crunchy fruited and energetic on the palate, this ready-to-drink and moreish wine finishes long and succulent. Philip Rich. Published 06 July 2023
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!