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Gamay is the loveliest of grapes.
Bright, juicy, full of life and flavour, Gamay is something like Pinot Noir's laid back cousin. Unpretentious, fun-loving, here for a good time - not a long time.
There are some excellent Gamay wines being produced in Australia these days. And rightfully so. It suits our climate so well. Medium-bodied, fleshy and perfect with a slight chill. It's the all-time Summer-smashing variety, and yet can have a serious side too!
Here are six of our favourites at the moment. This is the perfect way to check out the state of play in Australian Gamay at the moment!
2018 Meadowbank Gamay
The Meadowbank Gamay comes off a small planting of 20+-year-old vines in the Derwent Valley. It was crafted by the talented hands of Peter Dredge.
The 2018 vintage looks in fine form. A deeper, darker version of Gamay than many from the mainland.
In a last-minute decision by the winemaker, there were no preservatives added to this wine, making it more open and enticing this close to bottling.
This was only made in painfully small amounts this vintage. It will only be available for a limited time. If you love Gamay, this is a must try.Read more about 2018 Meadowbank Gamay
2017 Samuel's Gorge Pinata People Gamay
Justin McNamee is a firm believer in making wines that are built to drink in our warm Australian climate. His reds have a rusticity and savoury charm that harkens back to the wines of the old world but with modern Australian brightness.
The same themes show in the release of his Pinata People Gamay. This is a vibrant and expressive Gamay with flavour packed in tight. There's an element of earth and spice here which offsets the perky strawberry and plum flavours.
The yin and yang of the Gamay grape captured wonderfully by this unique McLaren Vale producer. It's down-right delicious to drink.Read more about 2017 Samuel's Gorge Pinata People Gamay
2018 Eldridge Estate PTG
If you like your reds fresh, light and totally smashable, then this beauty from Eldredge Estate should be right at the top of your hit list.
Under the guidance of owner/winemaker David Lloyd, Eldredge has carved out a space as one of Australia's premier producers of Pinot and in particular, Gamay. The 'PTG' is the collision between these two much-loved varieties.
This is the wine David makes for immediate drinking. It doesn't have the complexity of the Estate Pinot Noir or Gamay, but it seriously makes up for it with drinkability.
It's bright and joyous yet spicy and savoury, and is just one of those instantly loveable reds that's near impossible to put down!Read more about 2018 Eldridge Estate PTG
2017 Farr Rising Gamay
The Farr's are Victorian winemaking royalty. Between father Gary and son Nick, they have produced some of the country's greatest Burgundian-styled wines over the past couple of decades. Nick's solo project, Farr Rising is his chance to challenge his old man's winemaking philosophies. The wines are consistently stellar. There's just something in the Farr's blood.
The Gamay was grafted onto existing Cabernet rootstock not long after Nick and wife Cassie purchased their own block of land in 1998. The wine has developed something of a cult following, as many continue to fall under the beguiling spell of Gamay.
The wealth of knowledge and creativity behind this wine is astonishing when you consider the price. If you a looking for top examples of this much-loved variety, this is one of country's finest iterations.Read more about 2017 Farr Rising Gamay
2018 Ravensworth Gamay Noir
Bryan Martin continues to eke out some of the most interesting wines that NSW has to offer.
This is his fourth crack at the Ravensworth Gamay Noir. Surprise, surprise, it is a belter. When a Tumbarumba grower called him up in 2015 with some fruit on offer, Martin jumped at the chance. And since the epic success of the first release, a wine that James Halliday said, "No gamay has previously been made equal to this in Australia", Martin has only refined his stylings further with this much-loved variety.
This falls under the Ravensworth heading of 'weird stuff'. It's definitely left of center but boy is it dangerously glugable.
If you're looking for something bright and fun to drink over summer, this is going to thrill you to bits!Read more about 2018 Ravensworth Gamay Noir
2018 Brackenwood Gamay Pinot Noir
Brackenwood is a biodynamically farmed vineyard set amongst the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
Ex-sommelier-come-vineyard owner Damon Nagel has employed the craftsmanship of winemaker Laz Horvath to bring his dream of creating wines of "regional character and vintage variation" to fruition.
This blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir is treated gently from day one. The fruit is picked by hand and fermented with indigenous yeasts, the two varieties playing off each other beautifully in this wine. As Laz told us, “the key thing in the winemaking is the cold soak (4 days before ferment), it just adds complexity to the flavour profile”. He's done a great job here.
These two varieties play so well together. It's a gluggable fresh and vibrant red wine which is ideally suited for warmer weather.Read more about 2018 Brackenwood Gamay Pinot Noir