2021 Sinapius Vaughn's Jardin Gamay

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Sinapius |Pipers River |Gamay
Classy and profound Tasmanian Gamay, a tremendous tribute wine to the late Vaughn Dell.
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Vaughn Dell established a small plot of close-planted Gamay vines at their Piper's River home, which he tended like his own personal garden, and made into fun and sassy reds.

So, of course, his wife Linda, doing her first vintage after Vaughn's sad passing, decided to the opposite style, making a more serious classic interpretation, making the wine as if it were Pinot Noir.

And it is a fantastic tribute to her husband, a wine of serious class and depth, darker-fruited than other Tassie Gamays, and very much deserving of a place on your dinner table.

One of the great joys of owning Sinapius has been witnessing the evolution of the property over the years. Sometimes these changes happen gradually, so that you hardly notice, and at other times so suddenly that you need a minute to catch your breath. A case in point was the day in September 2015 when I came home to find the front garden had been turned into a vineyard; a small block of Gamay, planted at 11,111 vines per hectare, suddenly sat picture-perfect in front of our home. Over the ensuing years Vaughn could often be found in his new 'garden', manicuring it within an inch of its life!

As for the fruit from this block, Vaughn always vinified it in a very traditional way; 100% whole cluster, carbonic maceration. This was inspired by his time in Beaujolais, one of his many passions.

Gazing out at the vines from my kitchen window, I sometimes wondered how it would perform if it were made like Pinot Noir ……

Like our beautiful Sinapius property, life sometimes takes unexpected turns, and I find myself in the unanticipated position of sole responsibility over our wines. It has been a fine balance continuing Vaughn's work, but also knowing that he never stopped learning and evolving as a vigneron. At the beginning of 2021, my first vintage, I knew I needed to let those hands of change reach gently out to our wines at some point. With encouragement from my mentor Joe Holyman ("Linda, go for it!") the Garden block felt like the right place to start.

So here it is - our Garden block Gamay; 100% destemmed, naturally fermented, pressed after 18 days on skins, matured in old French oak hogsheads, bottled unfined and unfiltered in January 2022. It is a wine of depth, intensity, and texture, that I think still captures the lively fresh spirit of the Gamay grape.

Whilst I feel that I may have broken the rules, I think Vaughn would approve. I hope so.

95 Points - "In the heart of Piper's Brook in northern Tasmania, just 5km inland from the blowing Bass Strait, Sinapius is safe in the hands of Linda Morice. After the tragic death of her husband Vaughn in 2020, Linda (with the support of a cheer squad of local winemakers) has delivered an excellent 2021 vintage. Sinapius' low intervention ethos means no herbicides are used in the vineyard, natural yeasts are encouraged and no fining or filtering of the wines are carried out. With remarkable confidence, Linda tweaked the winemaking on this plot of gamay vines that Vaughn had planted in their front garden—to Linda's surprise one day when she returned home. Out with the stems, she had made a captivating wine delicious and complex with some sinewy tannin for a textural chew. Its evocative aromatics, composed palate and earthy bitter chocolate finish make for an utterly delicious gamay." - Gabrielle Poy (The Real Review)

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    Smooth and jammy. I love a wine that not only tastes good but you can have an emotional connection to as well. As sad as Vaughn's story is, Linda is ensuring his legacy lives on. Bravo!

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Sinapius is a premium boutique Tasmanian winery started by two young, passionate winemakers.

The couple, Vaughn Dell & Linda Morice, purchased the site when they were only 24-years-old and chose to plant their vines in the Burgundian fashion opting for high-density planting and low-yielding crops. Their small labour of love has budded into one of Tasmania's most exciting viticultural projects.

Vaughn passed away tragically in 2020, however, the Sinapius label continues under the guidance of Linda and the help of some loving friends. The Sinapius wines are of extremely high quality, made in small amounts and showcase their unique patch of dirt with transparency, purity and power.

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