Is this the next most exciting cool climate variety after Pinot Noir? The team at Debortoli think so!

February 27, 2020

De Bortoli The Estate Vineyard Gamay 2018

Like Pinot Noir? Like Beaujolais? Want to try a cracking example of Gamay (the grape variety used to produce Beaujolais) from winemaking genius Steve Webber, Chief winemaker at De Bortoli wines. Steve fell in love with Beaujolais whilst doing vintage in France and thought this light - medium bodied, fruit-driven variety, much akin to Pinot in style should do well in Australia. So much so, they've been pruducing in the Yarra since 2011. Here's what they think of Gamay:
"We have been producing Gamay for our Vinoque and La Bohème labels since 2011. In 2013 we grafted and planted Gamay on the Estate Vineyard. Like all the great wines of the Cru’s of Beaujolais, Gamay has found love amongst sommeliers and fine wine retailers throughout Australia. In the last few years we have planted more Gamay as we believe it is the next most exciting cool climate variety after Pinot Noir. An amazing crunchy red with wonderful perfume and charm, it is a perfect match with pine mushrooms, truffle, cassoulet and all things hearty in autumn, winter and spring" - Steve Webber
He's right, the 2018 Estate Vineyard Gamay is delicious! It's light, bright, juicy and fresh with red and black cherry flavours and aroma's, vibrant acidity and fine tannins. It really is so similar to Pinot Noir in style with the main differences being just a touch more fruit weight and a tad more spice. Lovely stuff!

James Halliday liked it also, describing the 2018 Estate Vineayrd Gamay as:

"Dark purple-red. Ripe black fruit, hints of aniseed and licorice jubes plus spice from whole bunch inclusion. There’s a satisfying density to the dark fruit character and a pleasant chewy texture as the wine moves across the palate. Not fine, but fun. Good drinking" - 94 Points James halliday

Usually selling for $27.99 at the Cellar Door, you can grab it at Covert for just $20.99 a bottle in 6-packs.
De Bortoli Estate Vineyard Yarra Valley Gamay 2018

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