Rising Gamay – Yarra Valley 2019
The gamay grape is thought to have appeared first in the village of the Gamay, south of Beaune, in the 1360s. The grape brought relief to the village growers following the decline of the Black Death. In contrast to pinot noir, gamay ripened two weeks earlier and was less difficult to cultivate. It also produced a strong, fruitier wine in a much larger abundance.
Winemaker Anthony Fikkers hails from the new generation of winemakers championing minimal intervention practices all the way from vineyard to bottle. By following the philosophy of proactive in-action throughout the winemaking process, his wines are unadulterated, expressive reflections of time and place.
Opens shy and closed, and with air reveals a dense and compact aroma of cherry and raspberry fruits woven through with spice rack, tea leaf, celery stalk and forest floor complexity. The palate is medium bodied and like herbal tea, though cut with vibrant raspberry fruit.
Australia, Yarra Valley