2020 Small Island Saltwater River Gamay

Coal River Valley & Glen Gary, TAS

An extremely-limited hand-crafted Tasmanian Gamay from the tiny label of Small Island.


Out of Stock

Frankly I like this quite a lot.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

A new Gamay on the Australian scene from Tasmanian winemaker James Broinowski.

Tasmania is a great place to grow Gamay. The slow, drawn-out ripening season allows the Gamay flavours to develop more fully, making for a more complex, savoury style of Gamay.

This is bottled unfined and unfiltered, a bit of whole bunch leanding a smoky, slightly spicy component to the wine.

As with all of the wines in the Small Island range, this is only made in small quantities (just 800 bottles) and won't be available for long.

About Small Island Wines

Small Island Wines is a mirco-batch Tasmanian wine company founded by James Broinowski in 2015 after raising the money to launch his brand via a successful crowd-funding campaign through Kickstarter.

James focuses his time on producing Pinot Noir with regional accents from around Tasmania, with a little Rosé and Riesling being made as well.

The wines have received quite a lot of press in only a short amount of time. James Halliday wrote, "It looks very much like a potential acorn to oak story, for the quality of the wines is seriously good." after trying only the first release from 2015.

Since then, James hasn't looked back.

James Broinowski
James Broinowski
Credit: Kim Eiszele
Additional Info

From The Producer

Ridiculously fun light red! Very easy to drink and best served with conversation and silliness. Crunchy stems and smoke on the nose with fresh berries and sour cherries on the palate. With less than 800 bottles made it will be a sad day when this runs out.

Blend : Gamay (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Frankly I like this quite a lot. It feels joyous to me but in a savoury sense rather than in an overtly fruity way. It may even have a gentle spritz; I didn’t notice it when I first tasted it but on revisiting the next day it seemed to be there, which is the wrong way about but there you go. Nuts, herbs, twiggy spices and red cherry flavours. A good slip of tannin but the energy and momentum of the wine, pulsed with acidity, remains high. The only real ‘problem’ with this wine is that it’s hard to find; it’s a new release and already it’s in short supply." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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