It may just be the Beechworth wine I most look forward to trying each year.
About The Wine
The Sorrenberg Gamay is one of Beechworth's most beloved wines and holds cult status amongst collectors of the fine rare birds of Australian wine.
The fruit is grown and vinified by Barry and Jan Morey on their small property on the outskirts of Beechworth township. Winemaking is low-tech but detailed, each berry receiving attention from Barry on its way through wild ferment. The fruit is basket pressed and sent to slumber in the caves beneath the Morey household before being bottled.
Often described as a 'Burgundian-style'; there are many reasons why this is considered by many as Australia's best Gamay, but to truly know why you'll need to try it for yourself.
Barry and Jan Morey planted their stunning Beechworth vineyard in 1986. Their first release in 1989 began the Sorrenberg story, a story destined to be one of Australia's great estates.
Barry farms with adherence to biodynamics, believing this to be the best way to get the most out of his home block of 2.4 Ha. on the outskirts of Beechworth. Their wines are famous for their balance and longevity. The wines are made in traditional fashion, with wild yeasts for fermentation, gentle oak maturation and basket pressing for each wine.
The Gamay is arguably their most sought after wine, however, the thumbprint of Barry's attention to detail is stamped across each release and the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cabernet blend are amongst the finest of heir kind in the country.
Sorrenberg is one of the true gems of Beechworth, and indeed Australian, wine.