2019 La Noblesse Gamay

Unbeatable value Loire Valley Gamay sourced and imported by Australian wine entrepreneur, Nicholas Crampton.

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Being one step ahead of Australian wine trends and finding top value offerings in niche corners of the market is the very particular skill set of Australian wine entrepreneur, Nicholas Crampton.

Seeing the rise and rise of popularity locally for both Australian and French versions of Gamay, Nick sought out a lovely parcel of fruit in the Loire Valley that he could get back to Australia for a snip of a price.

It's made in classic 'Beaujolais-nouveau' style, with fermentation in stainless steel tanks and a portion of carbonic fermentation, looking for a bright, jubey, easy-drinking Gamay that will suit warm-weather drinking in Australia.

Mission accomplished.

Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed before a long, cool maceration. Maturation is primarily in stainless steel with roughly one third undergoing carbonic maceration, aiding aromatics and fruit expression. A further third receives six month maturation in French oak for greater complexity.

2019 Vintage: Following a string of successful vintages in the Loire, 2019 was just as auspicious. The region's flowering season was marked by frosts throughout April and early May. June and July saw yields affected by France's successive heatwaves, but also increased sugar concentration and exceptional quality in the red grapes in particular. The best examples look concentrated, structured, and with an acidity that lends beautiful balance.

90 Points - "Dark red fruits, dried herb, slight aniseed, some meaty character. It's medium-bodied, dry, firm and a little bit chewy, even a little 'mineral' feel, a whisper of leafy green stuff with some red jubey flavour to go, some pepper and Spanish black olive in the aftertaste. Not sweet or cynical. Drinks well. Good stuff." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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